The schedule of the 12th season of Indian Premier League was delayed from a long time after the dates for the upcoming general elections were not released. The BCCI finally decided to release the schedule for first two weeks of the IPL on Tuesday which is a certainty that the tournament will be held in India despite the approaching Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said that he would miss playing at the Eden gardens if the home games will be shifted to neutral venue owing to Lok Sabha elections.
“I will really miss Kolkata because there is a certain vibe, certain energy playing at Eden. Playing in front of 60,000 cheering for you makes a massive difference. If we do miss a few games, I would miss Eden gardens terribly,” Karthik told reporters on the sidelines of the Mayor’s Cup at Eden Gardens.
The second half of the tournament is most likely to clash with the general elections. The BCCI may consider to shift the home games of some team to neutral venue where polling would have concluded.
According to the released schedule of starting two weeks, KKR will play two home matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24 and Kings XI Punjab on March 27.