IPL 2016 April 15, 2016

Bangalore likely to host IPL 2016 final

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Bangalore is likely to host the IPL final after the fixture had to be moved from Mumbai following the Bombay High Court's ruling to shift all IPL matches after April 30 out of Maharashtra because of severe drought. Kolkata is in line to stage the Eliminator and the second Qualifier, both originally scheduled in Pune.

The proposed changes were arrived at after IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla met officials from the Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants in Delhi and need to be ratified by the league's governing council.

Shukla said Supergiants had listed Visakhapatnam as their alternative to Pune, though the franchise requested they play their May 1 match in Pune because of a short turnaround; Supergiants also play at home on April 29.

Mumbai will decide their alternative venue on Sunday; their options are Jaipur, Raipur and Kanpur.

"After speaking to the franchises, we have given them four options: Raipur, Jaipur, Kanpur and Visakhapatnam. Mumbai Indians have asked for time till day after tomorrow," Shukla said. "Pune has given Visakhapatnam as its preference. We will put the proposal of Pune team before the governing council."