Former champion Chennai Super Kings, who are returning to the Indian Premier League after two years, will play with the current champions Mumbai Indians in the first match. The beginning of the 11th session will be a match on the old time, while the request of the broadcaster of the change in time was accepted before a few weeks ago.
The first match will be held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 7. With this match, the Supercans will return to the IPL. The team was suspended for two years due to indulging in corrupt activities. The venue of the Eliminator and other qualifiers has not yet been confirmed, while the qualifier one more final will be held at Wankhede Stadium on 22 and 27 May respectively.
According to the schedule released on the IPL website, 48 matches will be played at night and 12 matches will be in the afternoon. The opening ceremony will take place in Mumbai on 6th April. The IPL Governing Council had accepted the invitation of Broadcast Broadcasting Star Sports to change the game during the last month. The broadcaster had recommended that the match to be played at four o’clock in the afternoon would be played from 5:30 AM to 8 PM, whereas the match at eight o’clock would be played from seven o’clock in the evening.
Although a revenue of 50 percent stakeholder franchisees in the IPL Revenue Model complained about changing time because it was done without their advice. If the match started early, it meant that the match would end early in the night so that it would get the place in prime time. Changes in match time were considered due to not getting public transport and due to the late arrival of the players on the night of the players.
The first doubles match will be played on April 8 in the 11th year of the tournament, in which Delhi Daredevils have to host Kings XI Punjab while Kolkata Knight Riders will host Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Rajasthan Royals team is also returning to the tournament after two years of suspension and will start its campaign in Hyderabad against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.