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Chennai loses hosting rights to IPL final

The final of this year’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad and not at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium as originally planned.

It comes after the Chennai Super Kings, who as defending champions are rightful hosts of this year’s final, were unable to resolve a long-running issue involving three stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The stands have been closed since 2012 following problems surrounding renovation work carried out for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

After it became clear that the Super Kings would not be able to resolve the issue in time for the final on May 12, the IPL announced that Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, home of last season’s second-place team Sunrisers Hyderabad, will host instead.

Despite losing rights to the final, MA Chidambaram Stadium has been assigned the first play-off match on May 7.