Two weeks before the start of IPL, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium will kick off the opening match on 5 April and seven more matches will be an excuse. The ground and exercise facilities are not in good condition, after a strike by Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) ground staff for the non-payment of Dues.
Groundsmen have not worked since March 11 and require two months salary and other benefits. With words that Sunrisers Hyderabad would take over the stadium on March 27, uncertainty is raised. There are whispering that matches could be postponed to Raipur after the situation. HCA officials insist, however, that they will hold all matches, including the finals on 21 May.