The port city of Visakhapatnam will host two playoff matches in the ongoing IPL on May 8 and 10, the Andhra Cricket Association informed in a press release in Amaravati on Tuesday. The playoffs were originally scheduled to be held in Chennai but were now being re-located to Visakhapatnam due to exigencies, ACA general secretary Ch Arun Kumar said. Also Read - Macabre Act: Andhra Man Hammers Son to Death After Argument Over Property Dispute, Chilling Incident Caught on Camera

IPL officials visited the YSR-ACA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam recently to inspect the facilities for possibly making it a standby venue in any eventuality. “The ground is in excellent condition and all other facilities are in place for conducting the IPL matches,” the ACA general secretary said. Also Read - PV Sindhu Reveals Turning Point of Her Career, Says Beating Olympic Champion Li Xuerui Gave me Confidence

Visakhapatnam, an international cricket venue, had hosted a few IPL matches in 2016 when the Maharashtra High Court barred conduct of matches in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Also Read - Visakhapatnam News: Gas Leak at Pharmaceutical Company at Parawada, 2 Dead