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BCCI has formally announced the venues for Eliminator and second Qualifier of IPL 2018.

Pune, the home ground of former IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant, will host the two games.

The decision over the matter was taken in the IPL GC meeting held today (March 16).

Though, Lucknow and Rajkot have been kept on standby for the two games.

BCCI did not announce the venues for the two games earlier due to a number of issues that pertained.

As per the rule, the home ground of the runner-up team used to host the two games.

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Rising Pune Supergiant is not a part of IPL now. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

However, since Rising Pune supergiant is not the part of the IPL now, BCCI was not confident of staging the games there.

Maharashtra Cricket Association wrote to BCCI to follow the tradition and allot to the two games to them.

Later, two other state associations viz Saurashtra Cricket Association and Cricket Association of Bengal also wrote to BCCI to stage the two games there.

There were reports that BCCI would continue the tradition and today, the formal decision was taken on the matter.

The Eliminator is to be played on May 23 while the second Qualifier will be played on  May 25.

The tradition will also see Wankhede Stadium hosting the IPL opener, first Qualifier and the final.

The venue for these three games was already announced earlier as there was no issue regarding these three games.

The eleventh edition of IPL will kick on April 7 at Wankhede Stadium with Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Super Kings.

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Rajasthan Royals team is making a comeback in IPL. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are making a comeback in IPL after serving a ban for two years.

During the two year period, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant were roped in as their replacements.

However, come IPL 2018, the franchises had to be dropped so as allow the comeback of CSK and RR.

The upcoming season of IPL will is played from April 7 to May 27.

Before the start of the tournament, an opening ceremony will take place on the April 7 at Wankhede Stadium.

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