Indian Premier League 2011 February 16, 2011

Chennai to host IPL opening game and final

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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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  • 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.

  • Shashgowda 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.....!?

  • 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...

  • on February 18, 2011, 14:58 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kewal999 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!!!

  • fuad89 on February 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    boring commandos was better name for kochi ipl team

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shashgowda 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.....!?

  • 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...

  • on February 18, 2011, 14:58 GMT

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kewal999 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!!!

  • fuad89 on February 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    boring commandos was better name for kochi ipl team

  • 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.

  • siddhartha57 on February 18, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    this has to be one of the if not the worst name any franchise has ever had, it is going to sound ridiculous whenever the commentators keep telling this name for 6 weeks, are there any marketing guys for the Kochi franchise.... the name sounds so stupid even the kochi fans would not buy their jerseys......... and the explanation they have given justifying this name is even more stupid........Go Indi Commandos hmm doesnt sound good ....... go commondos sounds better......... next on list for Kochi is to design bats like ak 47's and cricket balls like bombs

  • on February 18, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    lol .. Indi Commandos .. heeee heeee heee

  • on February 17, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Shouldnt it be the winning team from the third playoff match ..??

  • ultimate_challenger on February 17, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Indi Commandos???!!Are you kidding??My grandma can come up with better names..Kochi messed it up,AGAIN!!They messed up regarding ownership,screwed up big time during auction by not bidding for good Indian players despite having a full purse, made a fool of themselves trying to sign ganguly after the auction was over and now this???!!!Weakest team along with terrible management....they will be the punching bag for everybody in this IPL

  • on February 17, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    one of the worst names ever heard of

  • big_cheese on February 17, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Too much of sambar, I wonder if I can digest?

  • on February 17, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    its not done...ahmedabad not getting even a single match...first u dint give us our own team nd nw not even a match....

  • Viper2.0 on February 17, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    "Indi Commandos" ,wat kind of name is this?? are they going to war? lol Guess BCCI has to approve,hope they don't approve this pathetic name.

  • on February 17, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    common Yusuf lets make it for us....

  • on February 17, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    This time knight Rider is not the same team as it was .......entry of YUSUF PATHAN, GAUTAM GAMBHIR, and KALLIS would change the fate of the team..

  • Rajeev129 on February 17, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Hoping that neither CSK not MI will play in IPL4 final, just to make the tournament evenly balanced. So it should be a final between KKR vs KXIP.

  • on February 17, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Sweet! Any idea when the tickets are going on sale? Really need to get one for the opening game.

  • Rohan_K on February 17, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Good one Chennai!! Yday the Chidambaram stadium was looking great!!! Thou must say DY patil stadium, Mumbai hosted sum great games last season...hopefully DY will get some league matches!!!

  • PrinceZuko on February 17, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Kochi should have gone for Kochi Kommandos ...

  • Procter on February 17, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Losing team from the 2nd semifinals will go to Champions League. Here is how top 4 in the league stage will play the knockout for Finals. 1st team will play 2nd team. And 3rd will play 4th. Winner of 1st and 2nd will go to the Finals. Winner of the 3rd and 4th will play loser of 1st and 2nd match. Whoever wins this match will be the second finalist. Loser of this match will qualify also for Champions League. Out of the 4 teams going to knock out the loser of 3rd and 4th's match will not go to Champions League.

  • on February 17, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Indi-Commandos is the most retarded name anyone could think of. Kochi with their academy of rejected India Fast bowlers is going to finish last.

  • ravo11 on February 17, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    " the losing team from the third play-off match will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 2011" Really. I wonder who would want to win that match."

    The winner of third qualifier will qualify for finals so they automatically qualify for champions league also.

    please understand the format before commenting :)

  • on February 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    its nice .........................................................

  • indianzen on February 17, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    its CSK again... Would love to see THE team lift the trophy at Home! Whistle Pottukite iru!

  • on February 17, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Wow its gonna kick off n Chennai........The IPL-4.....

  • mandi on February 17, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    this year kings xi Punjab or rajastahan royal will win IPL-4,I hope. gilchrist and warnie are best in world

  • on February 17, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    "The finalists and the losing team from the third play-off match will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 2011." Losing team goes to CLT20? Weird! Anything happen in India ;-)

  • itsraj on February 17, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    thank god chennai deserved the finals not mumbai everytime

  • on February 17, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    [sic]" the losing team from the third play-off match will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 2011"

    Really. I wonder who would want to win that match.

  • on February 17, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Good to see Chennai hosting Finals. Just wanna see two things happen. CSK crush KKR and thump them off on Opening salvo to teach SRK a big lesson with Dada on air in commentary box. SRK deserves such big losses for whole IPL. Next I wanna see the finalists of Last Year Mumbai Indians and Super Kings again in Finals and wanna Mumbai Indians take a revenge by big way this time. After all they deserved it more than the lucky CSK who sneaked in to win it undeservedly. Go Mumbai. Wanna see Master raise the Cup at Chennai after MSD raises it on Mumbai April 2nd for Team India..

  • sanrafa on February 17, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    WOW..!!! Csk is going to play the final on their home ground... I want another MI vs CSK final...

  • spookykid on February 16, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Indi Commandos?????? what in the world is that???? they can rather be named NO NAME ...It sounds better than Indi commandos :D

  • on February 16, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Comeon Chennaiii.....Congratulations....good chance to win the trophy in home ground!!

  • takala on February 16, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Indi Cammandos!!! REALLy! Million names avaiable and they had to settle for this?? Contrats that to MUMBAI INDIANS( my team)

  • dreamzunlimited7 on February 16, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Indi Commandos. What a terrible name? As bad as the players selected. Lol...:-) My fantasy cricket team sounds better.

  • on February 16, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    i will on the first day to buy tickets for opening match and finals

  • DavidJeyaraj on February 16, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Full schedule on Cricinfo - http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2011/content/series/466304.html?template=fixtures. Many venues are TBC.

  • DavidJeyaraj on February 16, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    74 Matches! People will end up watching nothing but cricket all through the summer. Will get bored after the first few days. The team owners would be secretly wishing India gets out quickly in the World Cup so that their heroes would be fit for the MONEY MAKING GAME!

  • ssenthil on February 16, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Hurry, Chennai will host Final, I will be in India to Watch that. Hope CSK vs MI will be in Final again.

  • on February 16, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    wow...chennai rocking ..congratulations ....

  • TorontoBlueJays on February 16, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    SERIOUSLY? The IPL starts 6 days after the WC finishes! Don't the players deserve a break?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    WooHoo! Would love to see THE team lift the trophy at Home! Whistle Pottukite iru!

  • BiSONN on February 16, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    When is the schedule coming out?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Indi Commandos!!! Sounds Pathetic!!!

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Awesome !!! Chennai will be Rocking these 2 days. Chennai Super Kings will for sure be in the finals. So guys CSK in the finals and at home ground... So will we win ??? COme on CSK... whistle podu !!!

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I thought that Kolkata Knightriders was a bad name... Indi Commandos? Did somebody get paid to come up with this gem? Or did each board member come up with their favourite letter and this was the only possibility?

  • dhiman2 on February 16, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    where i can get the full fixture?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    happy as a chennaite that chennai is opening and finishing this edition and a csk win would be perfect

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Common Chennai....way to go !!

  • on February 16, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    yesssssssssssssssss. as expected

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  • on February 16, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    yesssssssssssssssss. as expected

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Common Chennai....way to go !!

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    happy as a chennaite that chennai is opening and finishing this edition and a csk win would be perfect

  • dhiman2 on February 16, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    where i can get the full fixture?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I thought that Kolkata Knightriders was a bad name... Indi Commandos? Did somebody get paid to come up with this gem? Or did each board member come up with their favourite letter and this was the only possibility?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Awesome !!! Chennai will be Rocking these 2 days. Chennai Super Kings will for sure be in the finals. So guys CSK in the finals and at home ground... So will we win ??? COme on CSK... whistle podu !!!

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Indi Commandos!!! Sounds Pathetic!!!

  • BiSONN on February 16, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    When is the schedule coming out?

  • on February 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    WooHoo! Would love to see THE team lift the trophy at Home! Whistle Pottukite iru!

  • TorontoBlueJays on February 16, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    SERIOUSLY? The IPL starts 6 days after the WC finishes! Don't the players deserve a break?