The eleventh season of Indian Premier League will kick start on April 9 in Mumbai. Mumbai Indians will take on returning Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener at their home Wankhede Stadium. The season will start on April 7 and will span for 51 days before being concluded on May 27, 2018. The tournament will be held across nine venues.
The season will see the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after serving two years of suspension. Both the franchises were slapped with a two-year suspension for the involvement of their respective owners in the 2013 IPL betting case.
The games will be broadcast by Star Sports after they bagged the media rights at a record ₹16,347.5 crore ($2.55 billion) for five years starting from 2018.
Mumbai Indians are the reigning IPL champions. The Mumbai-based outfit had lifted the title last season after beating Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run in a thriller. The win also saw them becoming the first team to win the title thrice.
Tournament format :
The upcoming edition will see eight teams fighting it out for the ultimate trophy. Each team will play every other team twice in a home-and-away, double round-robin format.
At the end of the round-robin league, the top four teams on the basis of aggregate points will make it to the playoffs.
In playoffs, the two top ranked teams will take on each other in the match called Qualifier 1. The winner of this game will qualify for the final. The remaining two teams will fight it out in the game called Eliminator. The winner of this game will take on the loser of Qualifier 1 in Qualifier 2. The winner of the Qualifier 2 match moves onto the final match.
The tournament will be held across nine venues. The opening match and the final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Except for Kings XI Punjab, all other teams will play their home games at their traditional home venues. Kings XI will play three of their home games in Indore and the other four games in Mohali.
|Chennai Super Kings||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium|
|Delhi Daredevils||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|Kings XI Punjab||PCA Stadium, Holkar Stadium|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Eden Gardens|
|Mumbai Indians||Wankhede Stadium|
|Rajasthan Royals||Sawai Mansingh Stadium|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium|