IPL 2024: Here is Why Delhi Capitals Will Play Their First 2 Home Games in Visakhapatnam


Published By: Ritayan Basu

Last Updated: February 23, 2024, 15:02 IST

Delhi Capitals will play their first two IPL 2024 home matches at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam (X/DC)

Delhi Capitals will play their first two IPL 2024 home matches at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam (X/DC)

Here is why Delhi Capitals are not playing their first two home games in Delhi in the first phase of IPL 2024.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the first phase of the schedule for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to kick off on March 22. The first game will be played between two of the most popular IPL franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. IPL 2024 will begin at Chepauk in Chennai hosting the MS Dhoni-led side. The IPL 2023 champions will certainly be keen on defending their title and winning a record-extending sixth IPL trophy. Though, one telling observation from the IPL 2024 schedule was that Delhi Capitals would be playing their first two games at home at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, instead of the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

Many fans were left wondering why Delhi Capitals were not playing their home games in Delhi in the first phase of IPL, fixtures for which were revealed between dates March 22 to April 7. The reason why only part of the entire IPL 2024 schedule was released was due to the upcoming general elections in the country. BCCI stated that following the Election Commission’s announcement of the dates for the Lok Sabha elections, the full schedule will be made public.

Delhi Capitals IPL 2024 Schedule

According to reports, the BCCI decided against holding games in Delhi because of worries over possible ground deterioration.

The Arun Jaitley stadium will be hosting the playoffs for the second season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which will commence on Friday, February 23. The Delhi ground will also host both the Eliminators and the Final during the second part of the WPL after all the games of the league phase are played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

“Having chosen to play their first two home matches in Visakhapatnam, the Delhi Capitals will first host the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, 31st March in the port city and will then face the Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue on Wednesday, 3rd April,” the BCCI conveyed in a statement.

Delhi Capitals side will be playing their first game of the IPL 2024 season on March 23 against Punjab Kings at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.





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