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A replica of the trophy during the opening ceremony of Indian Premier League 2024 at Chepauk on Friday. The MA Chidambaram Stadium will be hosting the Qualifier 2 and the final in May. Image Credit: ANI

Dubai: Chennai will host the final of the Indian Premier League Season 17 on May 26 after the full schedule for the richest franchise league was announced on Monday. Now the entire tournament will be held in India, putting an end to the speculation that the tournament will be heading to outside destination.

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The Qualifier 2 and the grand final will take place in Chennai, the home turf of reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The Qualifier 2, to be played between the loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of the Eliminator, will take place on May 24, followed by the summit clash, according to a statement from the Indian cricket board. The Qualifier 1 and Eliminator to be held on May 21 and 22 respectively.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced the schedule for the first two weeks (21 matches), and the remainder of the schedule has been drawn up, factoring in the polling dates and venues for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections across the country.

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Punjab Kings, who commenced their season at the PCA New International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur, will culminate their home campaign in Dharamsala. The scenic stadium offering breathtaking views will be the home to PBKS, hosting two matches on May 5 and 9 against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru, respectively.

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