KKR CEO Venky Mysore is hopeful that, despite seven-phase polling in West Bengal during the upcoming general elections, the franchise will be able to play most of their home games in the Eden Gardens. Advertising The IPL 2019 will begin on March 23 and end on May 12, while the general elections are to take place between April 11 and May 19 in seven phases. Since West Bengal is going to have elections in all seven phases, April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19, some of KKR’s matches may shift to neutral venues.
Kolkata Knight Riders will play two home games against Sunrisers (March 24) and KXIP (March 27) and two away games against Delhi Capitals (Mar 30) and RCB (April 5) according to the two-week schedule. “Today we had some good meetings with the authorities concerned, so we crossed fingers. We look forward to some clarification. I think they’re very interested in making sure we’re playing in Eden. If everything goes well, we’re only going to play our home games here, ” says KKR CEO.
“Now that the election date has been released, the authorities are taking a hard look at how they can ensure that in Kolkata we play as many matches as possible,” Mysore said. However, if deployment of security becomes a problem during the polls, backup plans are in place, Mysore said. “If we can’t play at the Eden, we’re ready for a plan B and plan C. Today we’ve had a meeting. Let’s see that. All our fans want us to play at the Eden, as does the team, “Mysore reiterated.