The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced the schedule for the Indian Premier League 2023 playoffs, with Chennai and Ahmedabad being given the hosting rights for the event. While Chennai is hosting Qualifier 1 and Eliminator on May 23 and 24, respectively, Ahmedabad, the home for defending champions Gujarat Titans, is hosting Qualifier 2 on May 26 and the final of IPL 2023 on May 28.
The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the world’s biggest cricket stadium, hosted the IPL 2022 final between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, in which the Hardik Pandya-led side beat the Sanju Samson-led team by seven wickets to emerge victorious in their maiden apperance. Chennai, on the other hand, had last hosted an IPL playoff match back in 2019 in which they lost to Mumbai Indians.
The 2023 edition of the event also got underway in Ahmedabad on March 31, with Gujarat Titans taking on Chennai Super Kings. Currently, with 29 matches already played, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants have donned the top two spots on the points table with eight points each, whereas Delhi Capitals, who have just one win from six matches, have just two points against their name.
After the conclusion of the Indian Premier League, India's Test regulars will fly to London for the World Test Championship final match against Australia that is scheduled to be played from June 7 to June 11 at The Oval. India, playing the final for the second consecutive time, will want to claim their first ICC title for the first time since 2013 Champions Trophy.