IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals set to play home matches in Guwahati next season
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Assam is set to host Rajasthan Royals’ home matches in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The franchise owner Manoj Badale, in presence of Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Devajit Lon Saikia, has confirmed that the north-east state of India will host three IPL matches featuring Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming edition of cash-rich league.
Saikia has said that the Rajasthan Royals had requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow them to play some of their home games in Guwahati and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had approved the application on August 13 while adding it was approved in the IPL governing council at the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday.
"The Rajasthan Royals had earlier requested the BCCI to allow them to play some of their home matches in Guwahati, and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had on August 13 approved their request. The approval was placed and accepted in the IPL governing council, chaired by former India batsman Brijesh Patel, at the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday," Saikia told TOI on Wednesday.
Saikia confirmed that RR will play no more than three matches in Guwahati but confirmed at least a couple of IPL 2020 matches will be hosted by the city.
"The Royals are willing to play a maximum of three matches in Guwahati. We will also have to take into consideration the logistical aspects, but it is confirmed that Guwahati will host a couple of matches," Saikia said.
Furthermore, Rajasthan Royals have also gotten a green light by the Assam Cricket Association to set-up a cricket academy. In the 2019 edition of the IPL, it was Assam’s Riyan Parag who hogged the limelight with his sensational all-round display in the pink.
"At present, the Royals have a couple of academies in different cities and are set to open their third academy in collaboration with the Assam Cricket Association in Guwahati. As of now, we have not come up with the nomenclature, but the academy is likely to come into existence from January," Saikia said.
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium hosted its first T20I match between India and Australia in 2017 and later went on to host an ODI game between India and the West Indies in 2018.