The Rajasthan Royals will play two fixtures at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati during this year's Indian Premier League.
The Royals' home ground is Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. They will play six fixtures in Jaipur. Rajasthan, however, will host the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Guwahati on 5 and 9 April, respectively. Rajasthan won the first IPL in 2008 – and are offered at 10.00 by bet365 for a second title this year.
“Jaipur is our home, and will continue to be so with the support of the Rajasthan Cricket Association,” said franchise co-owner Manoj Badale.
“The magnificent backing that we get from the fans in Rajasthan is unparalleled and it is something that keeps us going in our ambitions to further expand our fan-base in other parts of the country. During a season, we are allowed a maximum of three matches at another venue, like we have done in the past in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
“However, last season, we witnessed the enthusiasm of the people from the Northeast when the young gun of Assam, Riyan Parag, played many impactful innings for our team. The region that once lacked resources and facilities for cricket has seen so much growth, investing funding from the Board of Control for Cricket in India very effectively. The stadium is top quality and therefore we feel the time is right to grow our Royals' family and get the love and support from fans across the Northeast.”
Royals in Guwahati
Batting coach Amol Muzumdar, fielding coach Dishant Yagnik, players Robin Uthappa and Parag and others, are currently in Guwahati for a three-day training camp.
“We are very excited of the historic decision that we have collectively made in an attempt to take cricket to a region that was deprived of it for a long time. The idea is to give the fans from across India the opportunity to come and experience a fantastic match-day at the stadiums. Having a spread over Rajasthan and Guwahati will give more choice to fans from the Northeast, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and adjoining areas to get an incredible stadium experience,” added Royals executive chairman Ranji Barthakur.