GUWAHATI: Rajasthan Royals will be playing two of their home games in Guwahati at Barsapara Stadium in the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Guwahati will make its debut on the upcoming season of the T20 tournament after the IPL governing council granted permission to Rajasthan Royals to host the first two of their seven home games.
The Barsapara Stadium will host Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on April 5 and 9 respectively. Both the games will be played in the evening, starting at 8 p.m., as per a BCCI release and the council's decision to maintain the 4 PM and 8 PM start times for the afternoon and evening games for the season.
For this season, the franchise jotted multiple stadiums in Trivandrum, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai to play their optional home matches before penning in on Guwahati.
The first phase camp of Rajasthan Royals will begin at the ACA stadium, Barsapara from tomorrow. Seven Indian players-Anuj Rawat, Ankit Rajpoot, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag and Aniruddha Joshi- will attend this three-day camp.
As per their earlier decision, Rajasthan Royals fulfilled all the formalities to play two of their home matches in Guwahati. However, the franchise faced Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which objected to their decision to pick Guwahati as the second home venue.
IMG conducted an inspection at the ACA Barsapara Stadium before giving confirmation. Profit-sharing was the reason why a change of venue to Guwahati from Ahmedabad had taken place, according to reports.
It is important to note that in January India vs Sri Lanka match scheduled to be played at ACA Stadium, Barsapara had to be abandoned due to rains. The match could not take off despite repeated inspections.
Groundsmen even used hair dryer, vacuum cleaners and steam iron to dry the pitch for the match.
But the pitch and the ground weren’t ready.
Usage of rudimentary tactics for such an important match invited criticism from people on social media.
The enthusiastic spectators who braved the rains and showed up were left disappointed.