Indian Premier League 2011 February 16, 2011

Chennai to host IPL opening game and final

Cricinfo staff

The 2011 season of the IPL will begin with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The preliminary schedule released by the BCCI has the ten franchises playing at 13 venues over 51 days. The schedule may undergo changes keeping in view the state assembly elections to be held in a number of the host venues.

The Indian board has also said that the four play-off games after the league stage - as per the revised format announced last year - will be split evenly between the Wankhede Stadium and the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with Chennai hosting the final on May 28.

The finalists and the losing team from the third play-off match will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 2011.

Meanwhile, the new Kochi franchise has announced that the side will be called "Indi Commandos."

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  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @Vignesh Venkatraman - Thats somewhat interesting indeed, but i think it should b ' loser of the second place play-off ' , anywayz thanks for the info. The cricinfo articles r very good and updates are accurate.Thanks.

  • Shash on February 19, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    maybe team india n england r gonna b tired for their series at englang after the world cup.....!?

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Big tournament with too lengthy schedules even it is after world cup it's going to be non stop masti for India...

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    ___indi commandos... nice name, i hope they will get the trophy

  • kumar on February 18, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Non-stop : Non sense T20 cricket.Good for nothing.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    To be honest, I am much interested on IPL4 than the world cup...Too much cricket played is idiotic...I am not spending anything on World cup tickets and reserving all for watching CSK in action.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    @Vivek Madhavan and Ashwin Ganesh. Let me try to explain the qualifiying criteria for CL. After the league stages in IPL, the top 2 teams will play in a "Qualifier 1" match and the winner will go straight to finals. The loser will get a second chance to reach finals in "Qualifier 2" match, which will be played against the winner of the "Eliminator" played between 3rd and 4th ranked team in the league stages. Hence the top 4 teams gets a chance to play in the finals. Now the two teams playing the final will be automatically selected for Champions league, which means Winner of Qualifier 1 and winner of Qualifier 2. Hence the 3rd team will be loser of Qualifier 2, which would be in theory ranked no.3 overall. Loser of the Eliminator will play no further part and will be considered finishing 4th in the IPL.

  • Ruchir on February 18, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    That schedule looks like a long and a never ending tournament and its immidiately after the world cup. The Indian team have already had a long and a gruelling international season. Now lets see actually how many of the players cribbing about fatigue and exhaustion take a break during IPL. India have another important and busy season coming ahead including tours of England and West Indies. The IPL will be a great opportunity for us to see if Cricket actually fatigues players, or the free flowing money is a cushion enough to drive away the exhaustion!!!

  • Cricinfouser on February 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    boring commandos was better name for kochi ipl team

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    "The finalists and the losing team from the third play-off match will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 2011"

    That should be Winning team from the third play-off isnt ? Indi Commandos ? Rofl ! Just cuz of this name , there would b pleny of keralites who will continue to support either Csk , rcb or DC. The Opening Game and the finals at an Awesome Stadium. Sure, that I would get my tickets soon.

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