IPL Schedule declared – 7th April to 27th May 2018
Dubbed as the ‘Carnival of Cricket’, the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) schedule for its 11th season has been declared. The season will start off with the match between the Chennai Super Kings and the defending champions Mumbai Indians on the 7th April, 2018, which will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The edition will sign off with the grand final scheduled at the same venue on 27th May 2018.
Views on the IPL are drastically different from one another. Some see IPL as the money eating monster which is making the players arrogant by overflowing their wallets, some see it as the menace that is ousting the traditional Test cricket. Some see it as a benevolent stage for the youth to project itself, while some see it as a festival of cricket where you enjoy the best from the world taking on each other.
This year’s edition of IPL will be its 11th season. Earlier this year, we all saw the IPL Auction where franchises splurged the money as if they were monopoly notes. All the teams have plenty of fresh faces added to their roster, which will make it really exciting to see how these new combinations come together.
The 11th season also marks the return of two of the most loved teams in the IPL which were banished for two years in 2015 due to corruption charges. The prospect of watching MS Dhoni back in the Yellow jersey has already captured the imagination of all the Chennai Super Kings fans.
Rajasthan Royals, the other team that has returned from the abyss, has already gained appreciation from the cricketing fraternity for using its clever strategy in the IPL auction. It has also declared Shane Warne as its mentor.
The IPL-11 will span 51 days and 9 venues (seven home venues for each team, KXIP will play in Punjab and Indore). First Qualifier and the Final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai since Mumbai Indians were the winner of the last IPL season.
The venue for the second qualifier and the playoff match is still undecided as Pune is no longer in the fray. The IPL governing council will soon settle that dispute.
The timing of the afternoon matches will stay the same- 4 PM IST. Earlier there was a proposal to start the afternoon game at 5:30 PM which would have collided with the first innings of the second match starting at 8 PM. The committee finally agreed to the 4 PM timing.
Check out the full schedule here: http://www.iplt20.com/schedule
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