New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday cited logistical difficulties while announcing a change in their home schedule for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league with the first three matches now shifted to the Mohali stadium before capping it off with four matches at Indore. Also Read - IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar's Sexist Comment on Virat Kohli And Anushka Sharma Creates Controversy
The side was originally slated to play their initial matches at Indore but logistical difficulties forced a change in the calendar, according to a statement from the franchise. Also Read - IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB: KL Rahul Hits Hundred as Kings XI Crush Royal Challengers in Dubai
“It is unfortunate that the dates had to be shuffled so late in the day,” Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon said. Also Read - IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB: KL Rahul Wasn't Feeling Confident About His Batting Before Hitting Century
“However, external difficulties always have to be worked around. Despite the unforeseen circumstances, we’re excited by the prospect of starting off in Mohali. At the end of the day, both venues are home to us,” he added.
According to the new changes, Mohali’s I.S. Bindra Stadium will now host KXIP’s first home match against Delhi Daredevils on April 8 before hosting Chennai Super Kings on April 15 and Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 19.
Indore fans will now get to witness four matches instead of three with the Kings playing Mumbai Indians on May 4, Rajasthan Royals (May 6), Kolkata Knight Riders (May 12) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 14), respectively. (With IANS inputs)