The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally announced the schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The 14th edition of the gala T20 tournament will get underway on April 9 with a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Like the previous editions of the competition, all the eight teams will lock horns twice in the league stages, and the top four would qualify for the playoffs. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad – World’s largest cricket stadium – will host all the playoff games and the final encounter on May 30. IPL 2021 Schedule Announced: Season 14 to Start on April 9 With MI vs RCB in Chennai.
Notably, each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage, but none would play at their home ground. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 games each, while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight matches each. A total of 11 double-headers will take place in the tournament. The afternoon games are slated for a 3:30 pm (IST) start, while the evening games will get underway at 7:30 pm (IST).
IPL 2021 Schedule!!
🚨 BCCI announces schedule for VIVO IPL 2021 🚨
The season will kickstart on 9th April in Chennai and the final will take place on May 30th at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 7, 2021
Notably, the initial part of IPL 2020 will take place behind closed doors initially, and a call regarding the spectators in the stadium would be taken as the tournament progresses. IPL 2020 took place in UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and fans are excited to see the action back in India. Defending champions Mumbai Indians are the title favourites once again, while Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers are among the other teams to watch out for.
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