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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

IPL 2009 Schedule Fixture

(This entry was originally published on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009)

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009, the second season of IPL, is all set to kick off on 10 April 2009 which will be concluded with the tournament final taking place on 24 May 2009. After the successful organization of the first season last year, cricket fans around the world are expecting another exciting IPL Twenty20 tournament. The multi-million dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) was established by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2007 and its first tournament was held from 18 April to 1 June 2008. Featuring some of the great cricketers from around the world, IPL 2008 could successfully attract a large number of cricket fans from around the world. IPL 2009 is now expected to be more successful than its first edition, featuring cricket stars like Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Yuvraj Singh and many others.

Indian Premier League (IPL) has emerged as a big source of income for the international cricketers in recent time, though only a limited number of players are able to take part in the tournament that includes eight privately-owned franchises. Indian Cricket League (ICL), which BCCI has not recognized as a cricket tournament and is known as a rebel league, had played a big role in the inception of IPL. In fact, BCCI came up with the IPL model in order to prevent ICL from gaining popularity among the cricket players as well as cricket fans.

IPL is based on Twenty20 format of cricket and there are critics who blame BCCI for promoting newly-invented T20 format extensively through IPL, in stead of cricket’s traditional formats: Test and ODI cricket. Twenty20 format is a 40-over game in which each of the two participating teams is allowed to play 20 overs and the team with highest run is the winner. The main attraction of Twenty20 format is that it is full of hard-hitting- meaning both sides try to score as quickly as possible and that is why, both teams feature a number of hard-hitters who can play big shots. Moreover, a twenty20 game is a three-hour package of cricket entertainment for the cricket loving fans and twenty20 matches are usually played at night (at prime time), and thus, many cricket fans being able to watch the matches after the day’s work.

IPL has not only become a big source of income for the players, but also it has been a great source of revenue for BCCI who are already the richest cricket board in the world. BCCI has already generated a huge amount of money by selling the ownership rights of IPL franchises and by signing big-amount sponsorship deals. Though franchise owners have already started earning through sponsorship deals as well as selling tickets and memorabilia, the franchise owners will need a few more seasons to start making revenue.

IPL 2009 Twenty20 Format

The format of IPL 2009 T20 tournament is similar to the format of IPL 2008. Eight teams will play against each other twice (once at home and other in away) in the group stage, based on double round robin league system. Four teams with highest number of points earned in the group stage will progress to the semi final stage. Among the four semi finalists, the top team with highest point will face the team with lowest point, while the second and third placed team in terms of point will take on each other in the semi final. The winner of the semi final will face each other in the tournament final on 24 May 2009.

There is a slight change in the team combination. IPL authority has increased the number of international player in a team roster from 8 to 10, but the number of international player allowed in the final eleven is restricted to 4 players. Player purchase cap for IPL 2009 has been increased from previous year’s 5 million to 7 million.

Recruitment of Players for IPL 2009

Players were recruited by IPL franchises in four phases for this second edition of IPL tournament. First, there was a trade window which was held in December 2008 and January 2009. During trade window, players were exchanged between IPL franchises, signing swap deals.

A large number of international players were signed last season and that is why, there was a pre-auction phase during which IPL franchises were more concentrated on signing young talented players from domestic leagues of different countries. Delhi Daredevils sent its scouts to domestic league matches in several countries in order to find out and sign up emerging players. Kolkata Knight Riders even made a Talent Research Development Wing (TRDW) to find out young players and train them for future prospect.

Then came the IPL 2009 auction which was held in 6 February 2009. Each of the IPL teams was allowed to spend 2 million dollars for recruiting players during IPL auction. Two England players, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, have jointly become the highest players of IPL 2009 auction, with each of them signing up a deal worth 1,550,000 with Bangalore Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

There was a post-auction phase too during which some of the unsold players were bought by the teams and some of the teams were looking for replacements of the Pakistani players who would not be able to take part in the IPL 2009 tournament. Some of the replacements of IPL 2008 who had one-year contract with their respective IPL teams were either re-signed by the franchises or were released from the contract as free agents. Shaun Pollock represented Mumbai Indians in the inaugural tournament of IPL in 2008, but he has already announced that he would not take part in IPL 2009 as a player. However, he will be seen working as the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians this season.

Schedule/ Fixture of Second Edition of IPL/ IPL 2009 Twenty20 Tournament

IPL 2009 Twenty20 tournament will get underway on 10 April. Defending champion Rajasthan Royals will take on Delhi Daredevils at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. There are 59 matches to be held during 45-day-long tournament. Here, I am giving the full schedule of IPL 2009 tournament:

Stage

Date

Competing Teams

Time

Venue

Group Stage

April 10

Friday

Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

April 11

Saturday

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

Chennai Super Kings vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

April 12

Sunday

Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

April 13

Monday

Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Group Stage

April 14

Tuesday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

April 15

Wed

Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

April 16

Thursday

Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Group Stage

Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

April 17

Friday

Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

April 18

Saturday

Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

April 19

Sunday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

April 20

Monday

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

April 21

Tuesday

Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

April 22

Wed

Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

April 23

Thursday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

April 24

Friday

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

April 25

Saturday

Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

Delhi Daredevils vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

April 26

Sunday

Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Group Stage

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

April 27

Monday

Kings XI Punjab vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

April 28

Tuesday

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

April 29

Wed

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

April 30

Thursday

Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Group Stage

May 1

Friday

Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

May 2

Saturday

Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

May 3 Sunday

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

May 4

Monday

Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Group Stage

May 5

Tuesday

Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

May 6

Wed

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

May 7

Thursday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

May 8

Friday

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

May 9

Saturday

Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

May 10

Sunday

Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Group Stage

May 11

Monday

Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

May 12

Tuesday

Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group Stage

Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

May 13

Wed

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Group Stage

May 14

Thursday

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

May 15 Friday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Mumbai Indians

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Group Stage

May 16

Saturday

Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Group Stage

Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Group Stage

May 17

Sunday

Rajasthan Royals vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

Local

16:00

GMT

10:30

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Group Stage

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Group Stage

May 18

Monday

Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Group Stage

May 19

Tuesday

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

1st Semi-Final

May 21

Thursday

TBC vs TBC

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

2nd Semi-Final

May 22

Friday

TBC vs TBC

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Final

May 24

Sunday

TBC vs TBC

Local

20:00

GMT

14:30

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

IPL 2009 Venues

IPL 2009 matches will take place in nine different venues across the country. IPL matches were held in eight venues last year. The new venue for IPL 2009 is ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam located in Andhra Pradesh. Alongside Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the stadium located in Visakhapatnam will host two home games of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, who thus will play home matches in two different venues in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Besides these two venues, there are seven other venues in seven different cities for seven other IPL teams. Here, I am giving the names of the home grounds of all of the IPL teams for the second season of IPL:

Teams

Home Grounds

Bangalore Royal Challengers

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Deccan Chargers

1. Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

2. ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Delhi Daredevils

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Kings XI Punjab

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Kolkata Knight Riders

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Mumbai Indians

DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Rajasthan Royals

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

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