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Mumbai's Cricket Club of India likely to get IPL Qualifier 1 match

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 9:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The governing council (GC) of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will meet at the Cricket Centre here on Saturday.

According to IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal, the GC will "take stock" of the UAE leg of the league. "It was a mega-hit and there is absolutely no doubt about it. As many as 19 of the 20 matches were played in front of a packed house. However, we still need to sit down and discuss the positives and negatives of the fortnight," Biswal told dna.

Sunil Gavaskar, the BCCI's interim president for IPL affairs, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, who recently came on board as advisor to Gavaskar, and other senior BCCI officials are expected to attend the meeting.

It is reliably learnt that the GC has plans to shift the Qualifier 1 (1st vs 2nd), to be played in Chennai on May 27, to another venue. As of now, Mumbai's Cricket Club of India seems the likely beneficiary. Kochi's Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is also in the running. Insiders say this is the BCCI's (read N Srinivasan) way of saying 'Thank you very much' to the associations which have firmly stood by him and his camp in these turbulent times.

Chennai is also scheduled to host the Eliminator (3rd vs 4th) on May 28. The last two matches of the league — Qualifier 2 (Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1) and Final — will be played at the Wankhede.

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