The 10th edition of the Cash-Rich Indian Premier League may begin from 5th April with VEVO launching the Schedule and teams in the league, which will start a week after the Test Series against Australia ends on March 29, while the players’ auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 4.
IPL Governing Council chairman Rajeev Shukla announced this following a meeting on Tuesday, adding that no decision was taken in violation of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee directives.
The 10th edition will be featuring the same 8 teams which were present in the previous edition with the exclusion of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai SuperKings. The Lodha Committees directive was to keep at least 15 days gap between the IPL and an international series.
“There is a proposal to start IPL 10 from April 5. The auctions will happen in Bengaluru on February 4. We had to keep a gap of one week after the Australia series,” Shukla told reporters after the Governing Council meeting called to discuss operational issues pertaining to the cash-rich league.
Innovative steps will be taken to ensure that centers in Maharashtra such as Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are able to hold matches in the 10th edition of the tournament that started in 2008 amid much fanfare.
IPL matches were moved out of Maharashtra amid outrage over use of water to maintain stadiums even as the state reeled under severe drought.
Shukla reiterated saying, “We will have water harvesting technology at stadiums in Maharashtra to counter drought threat in the state. We will ensure that we can generate our own water to maintain stadiums.”
It was decided in the meeting that defending champions Hyderabad Sunrisers will host the opening ceremony and the final as per norms. The IPL franchises workshop will be organized in Dubai.
The season 10 of the IPL will be the final edition under the existing 10-year contract.