UP will not be played this year in UP than IPL. Uttar Pradesh will not get the chance to host any match of the Indian Premier League this year. There is no name of any state stadium in the calendar released by the IPL. No franchise has shown any interest in making matches in the Green Park of Kanpur and the newly built Ikana stadium in Lucknow.
In the last two years in the Green Park, the Gujarat Lions team played two or two matches. According to officials of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla had shown personal interest in organizing the match in his hometown, for this reason, Kanpur got the match. Lack of good hotels and airport facilities in Kanpur, this time the IPL franchise was the biggest reason for the owners’ ruthlessness.
UPCA CEO Lalit Khanna said, “Kanpur’s Green Park stadium has not shown interest in taking any franchisee IPL Team this time. But Delhi Daredevils were interested in the Ikana stadium in Lucknow and their team visited Ikana earlier this month but I do not know what happened after that when the calendar of the IPL is released, it does not include the Lucknow stadium. ‘
UPCA sources said that apart from the Delhi Daredevils, besides the two-year ban, an attempt was made to get the Rajasthan Royals back in Lucknow but the Royals chose their home ground Jaipur.
Sources say that the UPCA is still optimistic about the fact that if the Sawai Mansingh Stadium of Jaipur was not ready at the time, then perhaps one match of Rajasthan Royals could fall in the balance of the Ikana stadium in Lucknow at the last moment. Well, its probability is almost non-existent.