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..

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • SirViv1973 on January 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @Phendel, I think Dw Bravo is probably now lost to West Indies cricket he certainly won't play another test match. The WICB cannot allow Darren Bravo to be involved in the auction as he is one of the few world class talents available to them. The one day series against Aus is completed before the IPL starts and the one dayers against Eng are played after it fnishes. Therefore I suspect Pollard will be able to play in both ODI series and also play IPL, although I think he could do a job for Windies in the test side batting at 6 and playing as a 4th seamer. The interesting one will be Russell who I think should play in the test side instead of Sammy, he's certainly a better batter & cld bat at 7 ahead of Baugh/Ramdin his bowling is no worst and will certainly get better. He has impressed in ltd overs games so I would expect him to get picked up if hes alloed to enter the auct, which would rule him out of both of the test series, which cld lead to him following the same path as Gayle/Bra

  • Sakthiivel on January 7, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @ Erantha Perera : Its Indias Domestic Tournament .. Why outsider need to watch that.. Dont watch it..

  • Sakthiivel on January 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @ Erantha Perera : Its INDIAS Domestic tournament, So no one need to worry how many watch outside..

  • HellCatstar on January 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    N Srinivasan effect. I am not a fan of IPL now. And am sure the TV ratings will fall and i'd love to see that. Players are not working hard in Australia because if they do so and get injured they might miss the Lucrative league IPL. Down under tour is like a vacation. Lets see what BCCI is going to do to ICC to change the rules of Test cricket so that India can win matches away.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    When there is so much money going into IPL why can't it be used for gains for Team India. Special bouncy fast wickets must be prepared for all matches. The first two spots for the semis sohuld go to who are effective in winning. The next slot should go to the team who fielded the consistently fastest bowler but the team should finish within the top six; of course a local. The last slot must go to the team which fielded the consistently sharp spinning bowler but the team should finish within th top six; of course a local. By the end of IPL 2013 we will have discovered a good spinner to partner Ojah; Ashwin is useless; he is not a spinner. And we will have a bunch of 90 mph kids too very soon; one of them will have to have the bowling acumen of Zaheer or Praveen Kumar. The problem with Ishant and Umesh is they just bang it without sense. Finally bouncy wickets will bring out some players with good batting technique. Now we know Sehwag is a real Flop.

  • Romenevans on January 7, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    2 months of 3rd degree torture starts again...Lock and load guys!

  • anshu.s on January 7, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    All of you Ipl haters get a life !! why have double standards on one hand you love watching your Mancheter Uniteds or Barcelonas of the world but when it comes to Ipl all of you become diehard patriots n purists.....all the professional sports in he world are club based...like it or not in 3-4 years time these franchises will also start playing 50 overs matches n test matches too n national teams would be reduced to playing the world cups n some marquee series.....leagues like IPL provide bread n butter to a lot of domestic players who can't make it to there national teams.....why begrudge there there moment in the sun,If only our so called cricket loving public took as much interest in following domstic cricket as they do with the national team IPL woudn't have been needed !!!!!

  • mrcool on January 7, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    There were no IPL b4 2007....that time also india was losing test series overseas....those blaming IPL for test cricket performance first reply to this post...

  • on January 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    No one outside watches IPL now. The first two were attractive and it is boring now. Better watch a 50 over game.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 7, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Now I am not a fan of the IPL BUT I see DOUBLE STANDARDS when the very same people who hate the IPL come up with big support for the Australian Big Bash League which is equally a piece of trash. How dare CA hold the Big Bash League during the on going India-Australia series ?! this shows world cricket has its priorities elsewhere. Thankfully, Michael Clarke is a sensible captain who has put the baggy green first and has retired from T20 cricket. Dhoni on the other hand plays every format and every tournament/league. This is not good for Indian cricket. The NAVY BLUE has to come FIRST for Indian cricketers.

  • mrcool on January 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good to see Robin uthappa again in action as srikkanth ignoring him for last 3 years in indian team...he may not be good in domestic matches but he can get success on bouncy pitches with his technique but our selectors judges players based on records on domestic pitches.

  • on January 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    It is really bad for Indian test cricket, the cause of all their problems, shows that bocci is only interested in money

  • Nair_saab on January 7, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    BCCI has to find balance between T20 & Test cricket. Young talents should be traced and trained . Extra care should be on fine tuning the skills of 'gen next' probables- with "A" team tours or allowing them to play in other country leagues (don't let them play t20 there). performance and averages(Batting & bowling) of those domestic matches should not be considered, if those matches have ended in a draw (important for national team selection). Only those players should be in the national team who can win matches, not those who can only score centuries in a high scoring draw.

  • Nishant2412 on January 7, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Its going to happen. in India, everything is done at the will and mercy of our netas in collaboration with the Industrialist (Rajsahi in the disguise of loksahi). The great IPL has three four big names in the list - Mr. Sharad Pawar, Mr. Rajiv Shukla, Mr. Arun Jaitly, Mr. Vijay malya to name a few. They don,t care if the IPL is destroying our Cricket, since they only care for minting money from this Circus show of two months. The most amazing thing is non of our Great players (including Sachin) give any excuses for skipping this masala show, on the contrary they skip some of the International matches to keep themselves fit for this IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT. Have you seen the body language of this timid Indian team presently playing (in fact going through the motion) in Australia? Just wait for April 4 and you will see the zeal and enthusiasm of each player. Dhoni will again become a master tactician and everybody will be fit to play this TAMASHA. Shame on Indian Board & its Indian players.

  • only_sehwag on January 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    as long as the owner of a IPL team is heading the BCCI..their interests will always be mutual..IPL is not the problem...BCCI running the IPL, BCCI officials having stake in IPL teams..thats the problem

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    In the future BCCI will force ICC to change the Test Match guidelines, viz., only 20 overs should be bowled per day, venues will be banned if the pitches assists the bowlers, bouncers above knee high will be called as no-balls, etc.

  • WildAmigo on January 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Who cares... IPL is the main cause of declining of International Teams. Severely Hits West Indies.. Players like Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Gayle, Tino Best.. India Itself players like Kaif, Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, Uthapa and so on.. List moves on to other countries as well. IPL is bad for the game.

  • on January 7, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    the poor performance in test cricket is not related to ipl .having said that ipl is not intresting anymore with 4 of the 9 teams very strong and 5 teams very weak anyone who is seen cricket for a while can guess which of the 9 will mke d semis. its basically a tournament decided by 4 matches having played 72 unwanted games and just to mention the 4 teams:mi,csk,rcb,kkr .does anybody disagree on my top4

  • Gizza on January 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    The best the future of Indian cricket can hope for is a further decline of ratings and profitability during IPL 5 so next year the BCCI will have to shorten the length of the tournament. If anything it actually helps non-Indians. All the overseas players get used to Indian conditions. But Indians don't play in County Cricket. They don't even play in overseas T20 competitions like the Big Bash, HRV Cup or Stanbic Bank T20 which would at least mean learning to bat or bowl for 20 overs on a foreign pitch.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    this should be boycotted.. this is the main cause why stadiums are empty during the test and odi's.. and why our players are not doing well in test matches...

  • johnathonjosephs on January 7, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    IPL is the cause of India's problems abroad. Especially with the insane notions of taking IPL players and putting them in India's test squad (Raina, Ashwin, Vijay, etc). DOn't they understand that you need players with technique instead of flair? Players like Rohit, Ojha, Rahane, etc Wonder if IPL had some games in Sri Lanka, if the Pakistanis would be allowed to play? Getting a Lankan visa would be easier for them...

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    What is the use if we conduct such a big tournament? Are we getting any new player from this tournament? Is this the right time to announce the IPL fixtures when Indians are loosing every matches in abroad? And Srinivasan wants to put all the matches in Chennai, to be honest I haven't ever seen such a worst pitch and ground in my life.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    An hour or so after the defeat in Sydney, the BCCI released the next IPL schedule, a whopping 53-day event. It's all over.

  • coolnt on January 7, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    We can make it happen actually. All we need to do is boycott IPL completely! NO one should go to stadiums. No watching it on TV. If we will not help Indian cricket we will become like England in Soccer. Too good EPL players but not a national team.

  • prasadg79 on January 7, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Great news !!!! Get ready people for exclusive slam - bang cricket for two months, that features best of the best players (although they are physically unfit) playing modernized gully cricket ... KUDOS to BCCI for this wonderful event that brings in lots of injuries to key players, short-lived fame to some cheer leaders, load of money to their treasury and the last, but definitely not the least - the plummeting of the national cricket to another level. Wake up BCCI !!! .... The whole world is laughing at us, as we are termed as the sitting chickens !!! (not the ducks) on bouncy tracks..... Anyways, i know for sure that the important men in the BCCI are not bothered how we perform as a national team on overseas tours, as they are bothered only about the commercial aspect of the game. This story goes on as it never ceases to end, as i am one disgruntled Indian fan horrified with their recent overseas performances.

  • Ajayvs on January 7, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Just think about it,What is the message you are giving to budding cricketers.Tune your game for 20-20 because that is where the moolah is, dont worry too much on technique? I dont think any of our budding cricketers would want to base their game on Rahul Dravid or Sunil Gavaskar mould.I fear that this is begining of further slide to come, if this stupid circus continues. Atleast convert this tournament to a 40 or 50 over a side tournament and reduce the number of matches. Atleast in that way it will help local cricketers.

  • on January 7, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    You realise that if you all stopped attending & watching the IPL matches then it would financially fail & disappear.

    So the cricketing public must share some of the blame along with the BCCI for it's Frankensteins monster.

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    if india wants to improve in tests they should inclue four day game in ipl one t2o and one four game this will charm the crowd think murali or vetori bowling to our youngster and sachin,vvs,dravid batting where youngsters can learn because ipl should improve knowledge and youngsters should get benifit not plain entertainment and earning money

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    phew!! thank God, we have the England series!!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Stop Blaming IPL for poor performance overseas. It's been a year after the last ipl. Nobody said a word about this when we won the world cup. Ipl has given the team great players.

  • drnaveed on January 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    yes totally agreed with all the above,IPL has caused the most damage to the indian side than any thing else, it is the shortest duration game, generating a lot of money so indian players are more interested in playing it, along with coming on commercial advertisements.they are least interested in playing test cricket ,honestly speaking they now dont know how to apply themselves in longer version of the game.indian side should have a different test playing side,and should include in it only those players who are not playing one day or 20 -20 cricket.as simple as that

  • datewithdestiny on January 7, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    People who keep criticizing the IPL should remember that the IPL was the primary reason India won the world cup in 2011. Anyone who thinks winning a few tests in Eng and Australia needs some help!

  • Steve_Stifler on January 7, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Hmm. By releasing the announcement after another test drubbing, the BCCI has made its priorities clear. Shame on them!

  • harshacc on January 7, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Good that there are no matches in SL.That was a non starter with questions on gate money and sponsorship going to the home team.Let us see if there is more interest this time around or else the gloom of bad performances abroad drag IPL viewership down

  • on January 7, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    get lost IPL. I urge all the ppl here not to attend any matches and also to dissuade your friends fro doing so. Let us all make IPL a huge flop

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    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. (not in bangalore, it is i Mumbai )

  • xenon555 on January 7, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    How exactly is IPL the root of India's test failures? That makes no sense whatsoever. Against Australia, India didn't slog like they would in a T20, they lost to a superior team (India fan saying this). ACTUAL causes of test failure: 1) Lousy scheduling 2) Iffy bowling 3) No Indian batsman can play oversees besides Dravid and Laxman 4) Sub par fitness levels - Kohli and Raina are excellent but the only way to consistently win is to have strong quick fielders everywhere (the bowling 'attack' cant completely shoulder the blame for the high totals allowed) 5) Ineptitude against the New ball - Against the new ball the last Indian 5 combine for under 30

  • on January 7, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Can't wait for IPL. BAN these stupid Test Matches. They are boring.

  • on January 6, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Shutting down the IPL will be the first step to put Indian cricket back on track.

  • on January 6, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    India have won the latest test series played in New Zealand & the West Indies. India have drawn in South Africa & Sri Lanka.

    After Sachin Tendulkar retires, very few people will watch Test Cricket in India.

  • ccriccfan on January 6, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    And we will be stupid enough to watch it! No point in complaining about Indian Performance abroad since we contribute to it by watching n promoting IPL.

  • felzzz on January 6, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Great to hear..hurrah. But IPL will last for 2 months. all players will be healthy,strong and more determined without any injuries during those 2 months. lost 6 tests continuously away and 2 more in the queue.lost no:1 rankings in tests and no chance of retaining back. Real Indian cricket fans wake up. dont entertain this which makes purely money than game spirit. we want real cricket.

  • halfwind on January 6, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    If you strongly feel that IPL is destroying the test players and ODI players and If you want Indian Test Cricket to succeed, then do not watch any IPL games on TV or go to one if happening in your city. Smaller audiences on TV and at the game will make BCCI re-think their strategy of staging the IPL every year and instead concentrate on getting young players better equipped for test cricket in India and abroad.

  • KingOwl on January 6, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    It will be a great way for the Flat Track Bullies of India to get their confidence back after being hammered by England and Aus.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Don't blame IPL for India's poor performance in Tests. No one forces anyone to play in IPL, look at Micheal clark he chose not to play IPL and concentrate on his game. I am a big fan of test cricket and I can see the frustration of people on IPL but are we going to give same reactions if India was doing well in Australia? so why blame kids who aren't part of Test cricket and just enjoying the game at a bigger stage and making some money. If anything we need separate teams for test/one day/ t20 and stop complaining about decline on test cricket on IPL. Its the test players who are not playing well causes the decline of test cricket in India.

  • on January 6, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Enough IPL.... Please stop it. Please focus on tests and International matches.

  • InsaneBolt on January 6, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    For IPL 6, we should have matches in neutral venues also so that teams get to meet each other thrice. In case of tied points after league phase, head to head results can break the dead heat. And neutral venues should be the ones that do not get to stage international cricket very frequently. A good chance to take cricket to all parts of the country & also rake in gate collections. BCCI, pl consider.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Here we go again. Everybody will immediately start blaming the IPL for the Indian Test team's failures.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    BCCI won't banned only people can banned. so lets stop watching IPL and automatically it will stop.

  • rockstar283 on January 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    IPL is ruining Cricket..Effect of 50-60 matches is already evident in the matches held recently at Eden Gardens where no spectators showed up for the games..I just wonder what will be the effect of 76 matches?

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    plz bring harsha back or show us the pictures and commentry from channel 9 espnstar is boring.

  • ashok16 on January 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Ban test cricket. IPL will do fine.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    IPL should be immediately stopped as it's leading to Team India's failures abroad. Or, the contracted Indian test players should not play in IPL. The skills acquired in IPL would be good for T20 and ODI cricket but not for test cricket. BCCI should take a look at this option.

  • on January 6, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    well the money spinner is back in business. regardless of how bad we lose abroad we shall perform well in ipl so that we shall be picked up for next season.

    comeon kohli u r the man this is ur stage .

  • PratUSA on January 6, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    One good thing about IPL is that it provides me my off season as a viewer. And increasingly IPL is helping turn even rest of the year as off season with the kind of test cricket Indian team is able to play now. Is there a single player in India who can take a leaf out of Michael Clarke's book and focus on a spot in national team and test cricket and use T20 leagues to get his off season? Is there not enough money outside IPL? Even Phil Hughes has the courage to stop out of Big Bash to resurrect his first-class batting. No wonder Australians will again be undisputed rulers of world cricket.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 6, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Can they start it on 1 st of April (Fool's day)?

  • CheetosRule on January 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Yes..real cricket is back in full force...Who cares about those tests at the Lords and SCG...Who cares about test teams like England and Australia..Let's get back to things we do well -- Massala cricket!

  • Sayedgee on January 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    April 4-May 27.... you got to be kidding me..... waaaay too long. Should not be more than 2-3 weeks (if at all).

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    IPL will begin and end in Chennai. Last year the final was played in Chennai. Why? Because it is BCCI chairman's constituency who is also the owner of the Chennai team. In 2010 in the Zimbabwe series some Chennai team players were selected over some other promising cricketers. Recently Abhinav Mukund was selected for England toor who fared the chance very badly.

    The politics is not only with the rest of the world but also within India itself. India need to get rid of this cheap strategy before it's too late. They should realize it by now that they are being hated by the cricket fans from all over the world except India.

  • on January 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    a month & half of ipl is an overdose....last edition we saw a fall in tv ratings & lack of crowds so i was expecting a shorter ipl..no lessons learnt by the bcci

  • Imran-Akram on January 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    if indian people are so sick of this circus, y don't they stop going to stadiums and boycott it??? strange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AdnanSiddiqui on January 6, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Good news for Indian batsmen :) ... just few more week of embarrassment and then they will again be the kings and gods of cricket for the millions ...

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Yay.. more easy money for for the fat unfit excuses of human beings that call themselves cricketers in the India team.

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    such experience indian team, but not a single batsmen as score a century in australia............... IPL is the root cause ..........there is chase for money in cricket rather than pride for the billion of people in the country.............. we should all stop interests in IPL............come on india wake up....

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    plz select pakistani players

  • sandy_bangalore on January 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Who cares about test lossesw hen you have got the IPL? 2020 is the future of cricket, and test matches have no place in todays fast paced world. Looking for 2 months of awesome action!!! Go RCB!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    I agree with the above post but more than the players the administration is to be blamed for the debacle. And if there is any true indian cricket lover i would request the fans to boycot the ipl. Dont go to the stadiums to watch the matches and the bcci will be forced to wrap it up

  • ipl_cricprv on January 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Will the indian public start fasting as a protest against the BCCI ?

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    GIVE A BATSMAN SOME DIAMOND OR something ..

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    wow...2 months of IPL cricket yet they cant win a proper cricket match abroad, where do the BCCI priorities lie?

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Indian players are preparing for IPL.they won't get better than this series .

  • LordOfDCric on January 6, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Those who conduct, play, support and watch IPL are foes of India

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    thnxx...god our pakistani players r out of ipl....we have seen the drastic results of indian test cricket....our players wishes to earn money its everybodys right but on the cost of national performance.....

  • on January 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    lets not watch IPL this time!

  • akhilesh0109 on January 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Big bash in australia and the best australian players are playing test cricket.. india just lost a test and BCCI announces schedule for ipl.. PRIORITIES MATTER!! clarke, ponting hussey playing for the country instead of big bash.. i still don't see any Indian player missing out on ipl.. once again PRIORITIES MATTER!!

  • Romenevans on January 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    2 Months of 3rd degree Torture? Which channel this circus will be telecasting? I'd rather unsubscribe that channel for that period. OMG! Its like daily Indian Television SOAP series which says "Every Day at 4pm and 8PM don't forget to Watch". LOL! This is the height of insanity. 2 month? You gotta be kidding me.

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Appeal to all well Indian fans. Boycott the IPL if you want Test Cricket to be saved. BCCI does not care so it is upto the paying public who generate the revenue for the IPL to do something about it

  • on January 6, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Players just need to apply themselves and be true professionals. I wont blame the IPL.

  • Romenevans on January 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! You know what? I can't stop myself laughing. Timing of this news is better than the VVS laxman's timing when he plays his flick shot on flat tracks. I'm speechless, Well DONE, BCCI! L-)

  • annys on January 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    who cares its a pathetic league just forget about it

  • tanstell87 on January 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    we Indians have a short memory....i want true Team India's fans to boycott IPL - the root of India's downfall....!!

  • Sakthiivel on January 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    IPL BASHER Kindly let me know How a T20 league spoiling test cricket.. Many feel that India lost series in Aus because of IPL. How many time India had won a test series in Aus. Murali said in the press interview that Because of IPL Dhoni batted well in WC final against SL. Else we will not won the WC.

  • Tusker17 on January 6, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I'm a die hard SL fan. Also appreciate loads what Pak and India has done for our cricket with the latter;s more of "not doing" as of late..... Nevertheless, I said it in 2007 and Im saying now, IPL has destroyed cricket in the sub continent completely and to an extend in the whole world. If our teams needs to improve and be competitive we need this CIRCUS to end and end NOW!

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Dear All iam would like to tell you that it's good the IPL is banned in india but i hope that the Indian teams and bollywood actors&actress Select some of Afghanistan cricket team heros in IPL and show to Pakistan that Afghanistan team is also Avilable in IPL this is my hopes and long life for India and Afghanistan's team

  • jonesy2 on January 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    hahaha just love all the people blaming the IPL (which has nothing to do with test cricket) on india's problems not the fact that their problems are apparent for very different reasons. this edition will bad anyway without the likes of warner, watson, hussey, marsh, pattinson, harris and maybe more

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Indians should take an oath that they are not going to follow the IPL (by any means) which is the root cause of India's test failures !!!!! Instead of spending time in charting out the IPL time table, BCCI can think about improving the pitch quality in the country !!!!! GET LOST IPL !!! We dont need you !!!!!!

  • sureshji on January 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Don't forget India won the latest test series in New Zealand and the West Indies, and drew in South Africa and Sri Lanka. In overseas conditions, only England and now Australia are proving they are better than India.

  • raveekoomar on January 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Please stop this tamasha of IPL, since the inception of this I HAVE BEING SAYING THIS SINCE 2008-09 "STOP THIS IPL FOR EVERYONE'S SAKE". It doesnt make any sense whatsoever by having IPL in any calender. First reason there is no rest for Indian players specially bowlers to stay fit and be in shape for the next season. Look after the West indies series in India they had just 2-3 weeks for the next test in Australia and we are all seeing the reason for their failture. Secondly it just gives money instead of playing and improving the preformance of the players, both batsman and bowlers included. Look at Ojha, he played for Surrey in England and looked a completely different bowler to what we know before. If anyone remembers Zaheer had his skills improved after playing in English county. Ditto with RP Singh. That he doesnt want to improve is different. Atleast then we won the series in England, no one else did. Lastly there should be no playing in India from Aug to Oct or Jul to Oct.

  • Adnan143 on January 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    after thumping in england and now in australia, much awaited good news for indian cricket fans has come and we all will be l smiling just for cricket as india will not lose any match during IPL,

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    why don't people just boycott this thing..if people wont stop watching (on tv or stadium) this circus would never cease.. i request all those who have been hurt by england and austrlia drubbing to please take pledge and boycott this thing..

  • on January 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @Mosan_Raza : Dude, why do you want Pakistan players in IPL. They are doing pretty good in Test/ODI matches. They have shown steady progress & discipline in the last year. Look at our Indian team after this circus started.

  • jam-11 on January 6, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    why always Chennai? Srinivasan(Chennai team real owner) is worst for Indian cricket. Thats the reason Dhoni still captain of Indian test team.otherwise he will be in Ranaji team when we tour abroad for test and 20-20. In odi he is great player without doubt. I hate IPL for this reason,otherwise we can find good cricketer like jadeja,pandey,ashwin,rahul sharma,vinaykumar,aaron,yadav.....

  • theswami on January 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    CSK will win again ...... and will provide a fitting tribute to Mr. Srinivasan Narayanaswamy, the outgoing BCCI President and Vice-Chairman of India Cements, the holding company of CSK.

  • Gocool87 on January 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Hello Cricinfo pls stop posting new about IPL it killed both the players and the fans

  • RSBali on January 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    IPL is the future of cricket. Who has time for 5 days or even for one full day of meaniless five match one day series. India should go ahead and build the T20 sport on lines of NHL, NBA, NFL in the North America. The managers should pay utmost attention to the spectator comfort and make it a fun filled evening for a family event. Cricket has to change. No more test cricket it is patronised by few of the cricket commentors who have a vested interest in the test and one day cricket. There are already signs of people staying away from test and one day series in India and the next step will be when sponsors start to shy away.

  • here2rock on January 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    It will be interesting to see crowds this year after India's test match failures. I hope it dies it's death because it is not doing any good to Indian Test Cricket.

  • Avidcricketlover on January 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Stop cribbing ! Ipl is not killing test cricket or changing anything. Its just an added idea to the schedule that we have in domestic cricket. It dint take anything that we had in the structure.There is only one thing that I'm worried about. If anything, IPL will mask anything that happens before. Its going to make people remember franchises and forget India has lost so badly.It all happens so quickly that Cricketers don't actually seem to realise or work on their shortcomings !

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Within a few hours after the Sydney defeat, the BCCI has released the schedule of the next IPL...!!! DONT KNOW WHERE INDIAN CRICKET IS HEADED..!!!!THE BCCI LOOKS LIKE DOESNT EVEN CARE TO SEE THE CONDTION OF THE NATIONAL TEAM AND ITS PERFORMANCE..!!!Common guys...looks like there is no more passion to win....no more passion to get back what they surrendered so meekly in England...their No.1 ranking..!!!!Dissapointing..!!Utterly dissapointing..!!

  • KP_84 on January 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    This is the reason India's and Sri Lanka's Test teams are in such a shambles. It's hard to believe that the two sides were ranked no. 1 and 2 in the world as recently as mid 2010, when they faced off in a 3-Test series in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was always going to struggle after Murali and Malinga both retired from Tests at the end of that series. However, no one would have predicted that Sri Lanka's batting would be so inadequate thereafter. Tendulakar aside, India's batsmen have been similarly disappointing. It is apparent that too much time is spent on T20. There has been too much focus on innovative strokeplay and power-hitting and too little focus on and improving concentration and eliminating technical flaws. Next thing you know both teams are getting smashed by an innings and plenty.

  • Sundar217 on January 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    After Aus tour, India entering into a useless fixture. The most devastating part is this 53 day event!! IPL pls get last from India please.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    IPL is the real evil, it has destroyed test cricket in India.... this must b stopped or atleast made a lower priority somehow, because again it looks like there is no planning by BCCI to make India a strong test team, they r just interested in their money

  • tanvirbutt on January 6, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    IPL is killing the Indian cricket and cricketers for that matter, if i was in BCCI i would ban IPL for the sake of Indian cricket, but as we all know money makes the world go round, it's all the money game, player, officials, boards including ICC, franchise, shareholders you name it. It's really sad that the players are playing the game for the money and not for the passion. They do have every right to make money don't get me wrong but please do have some respect of the game of cricket as well. Which used to be a gentleman's game? ICC thinks doing that will encourage cricket but in my opinion it is demoralizing the image of cricket.

  • Yevghenny on January 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Test cricket exposes the fakers

  • phendel on January 6, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    im a west indian fan & wondering how bad will our squads for our two series against dominant England and Australia be depleted. Hopefully Russell, Pollard & Bravo bros. will turn down IPL contracts for the good of WI cricket. Let them keep Gayle cause we're doing fine without him. They cud take Sammy too lol.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    ALL INDIAN PLAYERS GET READY FOR VERY VERY IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT,FORGOT TEST CRICKET AND OTHER TOURNAMENTS,

  • EDWIN_KIMBERLY_KIMCLIJSTERS on January 6, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    So IPl bashers ARE BACK . SO DEBACLE IN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA (fyi still not over ) was because of ipl . Oh oh . Then WE WON A SMALL MATTER OF WORLDCUP . WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THT?. Was tht because of IPL ?

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Bring it on cant wait any more !! Hobestly speaking tired of seeing these players going abroad and loosing !! Either bring in youngsters in to the team and change the captaincy to gambhir or keep loosing the tests .honestly tired of hearing millioks of new excuses which dhoni gives after loosing the series abroad he shd start working on his batting rather than finding new excuses for loosing !!

  • SirViv1973 on January 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Does this circus really need to drag on for seven weeks ? It's clearly not doing India's test side any good and a number of other coutries such as Win, NZL, and SRL.I would love to see 3 new franchises one in each of SRL, Bang and eventually Pak and this to become an Asian Premier League. If that happened there could be a north/south conference each consisting of 6 teams playing each other home and away. This would mean if you played 2 games a day maybe even 3 on weekend as less travelling would be required, the regular season could then be completed inside a mth with a wk of playoff matches following. There would then be less impact on International cricket which will continue regardless of whether the IPL continues to be a success or not. 7 wks as with the world cup is way too long to hold everyone's intrest.

  • burner1985 on January 6, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Glad that there are indians out there who dislike the IPL as much as the rest of the world. Not only is it bad for Indian test cricket but for rest of the world as well. It's not cricket, it's business. Players complain about busy schedules but manage time for the IPL.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    BORING. Nicely timed, 2 hours after India crash to yet another innings defeat.

  • ebiem2010 on January 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    BCCI should be focusing on thier national team and the poor results thereof instead of worrying about the IPL.

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    oh yay!!what a great time to hear this news.....Who cares if we get whitewashed abroad....our batsmen can feed on flat pitches and inept bowling again...and that too for a period of two months while the rest of the stupid world plays test cricket...bravo BCCI...!no thing such as an off season is there???

  • Mosan_Raza on January 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    i wonder if pak players will be included in ipl5 they are not playing anyone at the time and they are excellent players in limited format AFRIDI RAZZAK AJMAL AKMAL HAFEEZ GUL TANVIR ETC

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    The root of all evil and India's current shambolic performance - INDIAN PREMIER(LOSER) LEAGUE

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Another edition of the graveyard of Indian Test cricket called IPL destined in few months. Can't foresee how young players will improve on their techniques to avoid being sitting ducks in test cricket.

  • crikbuff on January 6, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Back to this circus! IPL is the root cause of India's test failures!

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Ipl shud be banned in india

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  • on January 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Ipl shud be banned in india

  • crikbuff on January 6, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Back to this circus! IPL is the root cause of India's test failures!

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Another edition of the graveyard of Indian Test cricket called IPL destined in few months. Can't foresee how young players will improve on their techniques to avoid being sitting ducks in test cricket.

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    The root of all evil and India's current shambolic performance - INDIAN PREMIER(LOSER) LEAGUE

  • Mosan_Raza on January 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    i wonder if pak players will be included in ipl5 they are not playing anyone at the time and they are excellent players in limited format AFRIDI RAZZAK AJMAL AKMAL HAFEEZ GUL TANVIR ETC

  • on January 6, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    oh yay!!what a great time to hear this news.....Who cares if we get whitewashed abroad....our batsmen can feed on flat pitches and inept bowling again...and that too for a period of two months while the rest of the stupid world plays test cricket...bravo BCCI...!no thing such as an off season is there???

  • ebiem2010 on January 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    BCCI should be focusing on thier national team and the poor results thereof instead of worrying about the IPL.

  • on January 6, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    BORING. Nicely timed, 2 hours after India crash to yet another innings defeat.

  • burner1985 on January 6, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Glad that there are indians out there who dislike the IPL as much as the rest of the world. Not only is it bad for Indian test cricket but for rest of the world as well. It's not cricket, it's business. Players complain about busy schedules but manage time for the IPL.

  • SirViv1973 on January 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Does this circus really need to drag on for seven weeks ? It's clearly not doing India's test side any good and a number of other coutries such as Win, NZL, and SRL.I would love to see 3 new franchises one in each of SRL, Bang and eventually Pak and this to become an Asian Premier League. If that happened there could be a north/south conference each consisting of 6 teams playing each other home and away. This would mean if you played 2 games a day maybe even 3 on weekend as less travelling would be required, the regular season could then be completed inside a mth with a wk of playoff matches following. There would then be less impact on International cricket which will continue regardless of whether the IPL continues to be a success or not. 7 wks as with the world cup is way too long to hold everyone's intrest.