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IPL 2017: Raipur to host all Sunrisers Hyderabad home matches

SRH won the 2016 IPL title

By Anshuman Roy -

With exact two weeks to go and BCCI yet to provide monetary help to the various state boards, the start of the tenth season of the IPL is in some serious doubts.

This may not be the first time the IPL matches had to move out of Hyderabad. 7 years ago in 2010, owing to the Telangana movement, several matches were shifted to Mumbai and Nagpur. There are still two weeks for the tenth edition of the cash-rich T20 league to begin, and fans will be hoping that the matter is resolved before that.

Apart from the opening ceremony scheduled on April 5, the city was to host eight matches, including the final on May 21. This was because Hyderabad won the title last year, and as per IPL rules, the winning team plays host to the opening and closing game of the tournament.

The HCA who is going through a cash drought phase has appealed then BCCI for help. Although any resistance from BCCI is yet to be provided.

Over 120 employees including the grounds men have been in strike since the first week of March since their salaries for the last two months are yet to be paid.

The Hyderabad Cricket Association employees are on a strike and there are no signs that would suggest of it coming to an end soon. This has put the HCA and the BCCI in a fix where they are pondering over moving the games out from Hyderabad to Raipur.

After a recent change in schedule for the Delhi vs Mumbai game owing to Delhi municipal elections, chances are that Sunrisers Hyderabad might now have to play all their home matches at Raipur.

Anshuman Roy

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