The Pune Supergiants franchise was out of the competition for 1PL 2018. The runner-up of the previous edition raised new interesting questions through the management of IPL did not announce the final schedule of IPL 2018 to be commenced on 7th April 2018.The inaugural and final matches are to be held in Mumbai. The final match of IPL 2018 is to be tentatively held on 27th May 2018.
There is a tradition of conducting second qualifier and eliminator in the home city of the runners of previous seasons. But currently, there are other franchises like Lucknow and Kolkata lobbying to host one of the qualifying matches on their home grounds.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association sent an email to the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla requesting to conduct the eliminator and the second qualifying match in Pune according to the norms.
The MCA president Abhay Apte requested in a two- page letter that there is an unwritten rule in the IPL that conducting the inaugural match, first qualifier and final match are to be staged at home venue of the previous champions.
Apte pointed in his letter that history could not be changed and the SuperGiants team is not in the competition now.
Rajasthan Royals is awaiting the High court judgment about conducting the matches at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. So, Rajasthan Royals kept Pune as the second option of home venue in their minds.
Apte wrote in his letter to the IPL chairman that, “For past several years we are observing a practice, which has become an unwritten rule of playing the first (tournament opener), and Qualifier 1 as well as the final match at the venue of last year’s champions and playing the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 matches at the venue of the runners-up team,” Apte said in the e-mail. “Pune IPL team (Supergiant) was the runner-up during the last year’s IPL and of course the home venue was Pune. As such, the venue of the last year’s runners-up of IPL team i.e. MCA’s Gahunje, Pune should be the logical choice to stage the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 matches.”