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Indian T20 League: 55 games of league stage to be played in Mumbai, Pune to host 15 games- Reports

The tournament is expected to start on March 26

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In what comes as big news, Mumbai is all set to host 55 matches of the Indian T20 league. These matches shall be spread across three venues, them being Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium. Not just this, but the state of Maharashtra is all set to host 15 more games.

According to a report by Cricbuzz, 15 games will be held at the MCA international stadium in Pune, in addition to the 55 games which will be played in Mumbai. Moreover, all the teams will be playing four games each at the Wankhede, DY Patil Stadium and three apiece at Brabourne and Pune. However, the entire schedule of the fifteenth edition of the Indian T20 league is yet to be revealed.

It was earlier said that the playoffs shall be taking place in Ahmedabad, but nothing has been revealed so far about the same. As far as the dates for the commencement of the biggest T20 league are concerned, two dates are currently being contemplated. While the first is March 26 (Saturday), the second is March 27 (Sunday).

Star however want the toughest 20 to start from March 26. One of the major reasons for that being the fact that is they want to have the double header on March 27. A franchise official has recently drew light on the same as well.

“We understand that a Saturday start helps the broadcaster to kick-start the league with a bang with three matches in the first weekend. A Sunday inauguration would not permit that. The BCCI and the broadcasters were in discussion over this and eventually it could be on March 26,” said a franchise official

Irrespective of when the tournament starts, it is slated to end on May 29. A final decision on the schedule and venues could be taken in the Indian T20 league governing council meeting scheduled for. However, whatever happens, this edition is expected to be longer as it is now a ten-team tournament.

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