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I am Nikhil Naz. Our top stories from the world of cricket today are Chennai to host 2019 IPL final on May 12, Ponting & Ganguly see Rishabh Pant as India’s no. 4 batsman in the World Cup, Rohit Sharma to open in all IPL matches and Zimbabwe to break cricket hiatus with a series against the UAE.” The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will host the 2019 IPL final on May 12th. This comes after the BCCI released the schedule for the second half of the IPL fixtures till May 5th with the knockout stage dates left out. In January the BCCI had stated that the entire schedule could not be put out as the dates of India’s elections had not been announced at the time. Recently, the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the general elections, which will begin on April 9th, with counting on May 23rd. ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI has kept Vizag has a standby venue in case any match has to be shifted due to unforeseen
circumstances. With questions about India’s number 4 batsman in ODIs yet to be answered, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly have thrown their weight behind wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and play him as a batsman. Ganguly also echoed Ponting’s thoughts of Pant’s abilities as a batsman especially in the number 4 slot. In a team’s pre-season media interaction, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma confirmed that he was going to open in all their games in the coming IPL and stated that this move was partially down to his batting role for India and with the World Cup coming up right after the IPL. Zimbabwe’s extended international hiatus will come to an end when they host United Arab Emirates in April. Zimbabwe Cricket has struggled to fill the gaps in its calendar since failing to qualify for the World Cup, with a rare trip to India falling through because the games would not be televised. The national side has had no engagements since the Bangladesh tour last year, with players spending the season taking part in Zimbabwean domestic cricket or seeking opportunities in franchise T20 cricket overseas. However, Zimbabwe will tour the Netherlands for 2 ODIs and 2 T20Is set to take place in June 2019.