IPL news January 6, 2012

IPL 2012 to start, end in Chennai

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), comprising nine teams and 76 matches, will begin and end in Chennai, with the opening match on April 4 and the final on May 27. The teams will play each other at home and away during a league phase consisting of 72 games at 12, possibly 13, venues, beginning with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings playing Champions League T20 winners Mumbai Indians.

There won't, however, be any matches in Sri Lanka, the BCCI apparently turning down a suggestion by Sri Lanka Cricket to stage a few games there.

The Pune Warriors franchise will host eight games at the new stadium in Pune, subject to its completion. In 2011, Pune had to stage their 'home' games at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Dharamsala and Visakhapatman will also host two games each, and Cuttack is listed as an alternate venue to Hyderabad for two matches.

The first Qualifier, which will be contested by the top two teams in the league, and the Eliminator, contested by Nos. 3 and 4, will be held in Bangalore. Chennai will host the second Qualifier, which will be played between the winner of the Eliminator and the loser of the first Qualifier, and the tournament final.

The tournament is scheduled to begin 12 days after the Asia Cup final and a week after the end of South Africa's tour of New Zealand. At present there are three international series that will clash with the 2012 IPL and could affect player availability for both the franchises and the countries. Sri Lanka are hosting England in April, while West Indies host Australia and then travel to England in May.

The next player auction for the IPL is scheduled for February 4.

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  • satish619chandar on January 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    We almost have a separate test team with 3 stalwarts who are playing together for 10 years.. IPL would never affect them.. Can u justify their failures? A 90 day IPL can reduce the rest 270 days of technique which the players use for other formats? If it is so, never pick that kind of player in tests ever..

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I was expacting a HOT discussion on this thread, considering India's recent run of form, and I am not disappointed :D

  • the_Srikanth on January 8, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    IPL format needs a change, should be made similar to NFL. From 2013/2014 onwards, They should have 12 teams divided into 3 divisions. Assuming that the additional cities that will be bought in the auction are Kochi, Ahmedabad & Nagpur (although I would love Kanpur to be one of them to have that part of the country represented). There will be a South division comprising of Chennai, bengaluru, Kochi, Deccan. There will be a West division made up of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. There will be a NEC (North/East/Central) division made of Mohali, Kolkata, Delhi,Nagpur. Each team will play its division members twice (Home and away) and play the remaining 8 teams once (4 home games and 4 away games). That way, each team plays 14 games in a season. 1 team from each division gets into the playoffs and a the 4th team in the playoffs would be a wild card entry, one that failed to top its division but was best among all those who didn't. Playoffs can be done how they do it now.

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    the problem is not in IPL but how it is organised and how it has changed the priority BCCI and some cricketers even yuvraj has come and said that youngsters focus more on IPL than first class cricket and u19 cricket ultimately means playing for India What good has IPL done to Indian cricket we won world t20 before after IPL 2009 and 2010 have been debacles which were held just a week after IPL finished than odi cricket rise started with cb series win in 2008 which ultimately resulted in wc win which was before wc test cricket the story is in front us what has happened in eng and is happening in aus all younsters doing well in international cricket raina in indian team since 2005 so no question of IPL virat he came in 2008 after u 19 win he had a horror IPL rohit he came in 2007 before IPL rahane and pujara have done nothing in IPL . I saw IPL isnt bad for indian cricket it is good but administrative have made it bad

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @Erantha Perara, i can feel you man, sorry no matches at colombo :(, but i think if SRL send their team to IPL they can finish salery problem

  • Ajayvs on January 8, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Those who think IPL is not the reason for Test failures, Please think logically. In 20-20 is Yousuf Phatan,Kioren Pollard a bigger star or Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar a bigger star? Can Yousuf phatan or Kioren Pollard play test cricket, i dont think so. Is it going to help up-coming cricketers by playing on dead 20-20 tracks, i dont think so. Is the BCCI using the IPL money in a good way, are any of the promising indian cricketers taken to NCA and looked after,i have not heard of it. It is used more like a hospital for injured cricketers. If you think that 20-20 popcorn cricket is the future and Test cricket does not count, then none of the above make sense, go suit yourself. My humble request to the BCCI is convert IPL into a 40 over a side or 50 over a side tournament with less number of matches. Atleast in this way it will help our domestic cricketers learn the tricks of trade better from the star cricketers in their team.

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    are they going to show the ipl on oneHD? we missed out that, and the champions league last year!

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 7, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Great to see that BCCI still has its priorities right and they put their money where err.. where their money is.

  • Martoz on January 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    *Yawn* I already feel sleepy just thinking about

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    NOW THAT INDIA HAVING LOST THE TEST SERIES 4-0, T-20 SERIES 2-0 AND LOST THE TRIANGULAR SERIES VERY BADLY, ITS TIME FOR THE MONEY MAKING LEAGUE (IPL) TO KICK START. IAM SURE ALL INDIAN PLAYERS EAGERLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IPL 2012. I BELIEVE THIS WILL BE LAST IPL IF IT IS HELD BECAUSE MOST OF THE CRICKET BOARDS ARE GOING TO BOYCOTT IT.

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