The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the schedule for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The season 14 opener of the cricketing extravaganza will take place between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9.
While the first match will be played in Chennai, the final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30.
The tournament will be initially without the spectators, the Indian cricket board said.
“The IPL this year at home will be played behind closed doors to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
“The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimising risk,” Shah said.
“After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in the UAE last year … the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” he added.
|April 9||MI vs RCB||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 10||CSK vs DC||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 11||SRH vs KKR||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 12||RR vs PK||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 13||KKR vs MI||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 14||SRH vs RCB||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 15||RR vs DC||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 16||PK vs CSK||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 17||MI vs SRH||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 18||RCB vs KKR||3:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 18||DC vs PK||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 19||CSK vs RR||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 20||DC vs MI||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 21||PK vs SRH||3:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 21||KKR vs CSK||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 22||RCB vs RR||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 23||PK vs MI||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 24||RR vs KKR||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 25||CSK vs RCB||3:30 pm||Mumbai|
|April 25||SRH vs DC||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|April 26||PK vs KKR||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|April 27||DC vs RCB||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|April 28||CSK vs SRH||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|April 29||MI vs RR||3:30 pm||Delhi|
|April 29||DC vs KKR||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|April 30||PK vs RCB||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 1||MI vs CSK||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 2||RR vs SRH||3:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 2||PK vs DC||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 3||KKR vs RCB||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 4||SRH vs MI||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 5||RR vs CSK||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 6||RCB vs PK||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 7||SRH vs CSK||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 8||KKR vs DC||3:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 8||RR vs MI||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|May 9||CSK vs PK||3:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 9||RCB vs SRH||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 10||MI vs KKR||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 11||DC vs RR||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 12||CSK vs KKR||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 13||MI vs PK||3:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 13||SRH vs RR||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 14||RCB vs DC||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 15||KKR vs PK||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 16||RR vs RCB||3:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 16||CSK vs MI||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 17||DC vs SRH||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 18||KKR vs RR||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 19||SRH vs PK||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 20||RCB vs MI||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 21||KKR vs SRH||3:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 21||DC vs CSK||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 22||PK vs RR||7:30 pm||Bengaluru|
|May 23||MI vs DC||3:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 23||RCB vs CSK||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|May 25||Qualifier 1||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 26||Eliminator||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 28||Qualifier 2||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
|May 30||Final||7:30 pm||Ahmedabad|
A total of 56 group matches and the knockouts will be played across six venues that include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai.
“The season will kickstart on 9th April, 2021 in Chennai with a high-octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore,” BCCI said in its release.
“The world’s largest cricket stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May.”
The stadium will be hosting the IPL matches for the first time.
There will be a total of 11 double headers. The afternoon games are slated for a 3:30 pm IST start while the evening games will have a 7:30 pm IST start.
“Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each,” the BCCI release further said.
“One of the highlights of this edition of the IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage.”
Last year’s edition of the popular Twenty20 competition was held in the United Arab Emirates as India grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.