New Delhi: The Saurashtra Cricket Association is seeking permission from the Indian cricket board and the Indian Premier League Governing Council to host one play-off game of the T20 league this season. Also Read - Sunil Narine Ready to Play in Any Tournament Where Kolkata Knight Riders Own a Team, Says 'It's Like Family to Me'
The SCA, in an email to the BCCI and the IPL GC, stated, “We have successfully staged ten IPL matches during Season 9 and Season 10, our stadium being the home ground of the Gujarat Lions. All these matches were well administered and had a very good response.” Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Prospect of IPL Happening This Year, Says Can’t Risk Health For a Sports Event
The SCA’s media release further stated that hosting a playoff match to be staged during the upcoming season “will meaningfully enhance the enthusiasm of cricket loving spectators of IPL in general and Gujarat in particular.” Also Read - Jos Buttler Calls IPL 'Best Tournament' After ICC World Cups, Says It Has Helped English Cricket Grow
The SCA said that it hoped the request would get a positive response.
IPL 2018 is set to commence with the opening game between defending champions Mumbai Indians and arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings, the latter making a comeback after a two-year suspension, at the Wankhede Stadium here on April 7.
Mumbai will also host Qualifier 1 on May 22 and the final on May 27. Venues for the other two play-offs in between, Eliminator and Qualifier 2, which are scheduled on May 23 and 25, are yet to be announced by the BCCI. (With PTI inputs)