IPL VI: Warriors to play home games at Pune

Ending weeks of speculation, the BCCI's Workling Committee on Friday confirmed that Pune Warriors, owned by Sahara Group, would play all their IPL home games this season at Pune.

The Working Committee, which met in Mumbai on Friday, confirmed this following an understanding between the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and franchise owners Sahara Group.

"All IPL issues have been sorted out including Pune and Hyderabad and all the home matches of these franchises will be held at these venues," a source who attended the meeting said.

Pune Warriors
Pune Warriors will stay in Pune. File Pic

Pune Warriors will commence their home campaign at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium – previously known as Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium — against Kings XI Punjab on April 7.

MHA and the Sahara Group were at loggerheads over alleged non-payment of money due to the former by the business conglomerate over the construction of the new stadium on the outskirts of Pune.

The matter was dragged into the courts after the cricket association covered the stadium's name plate with a piece of cloth.

"The two parties have come to an agreement," sources said.

In Hyderabad, the issue was over a different sponsor having their name inside the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Uppal whereas the entire stadium needs to be given to the home franchise free of any other hoarding as per IPL's terms.

This matter too has been resolved, according to another source, thus paving the way for new franchise team Sunrisers Hyderabad's matches to be held at the Uppal stadium. 

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