Indian Premier League has always been one of the most watched cricket events since its inception in the year 2008. Embodying an ultra-trendy panache of the pacey T20 cricket presented wrapped up in glamour, the IPL is much loved all over India and the world. The year 2014 will mark the 7th anniversary of Indian Premier League. This is the second time that the league would be commencing outside the subcontinent- the first leg of IPL 2014 would be hosted at UAE and it would return to India since its 21st match. The IPL 2014 shoots off from mid-April.
All total 8 teams would be participating in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. These are Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. 3 teams have got new leaders this time- Sunrisers Hyderabad (Shikhar Dhawan), Kings XI Punjab (George Bailey) and Delhi Daredevils (Kevin Pietersen).
The IPL 2014 auction was organized this year in February with a set of new regulations. For example- there was the Right To Match Rule which enabled the teams to buy back their non-retained players. Then, this is also for the first that INR was used instead of USD for player payments. Yuvraj Singh fetched the highest bid (14 crore INR) and the new DD captain Kevin Pietersen earned the maximum bid among the foreign players. Delhi Daredevils was the only IPL squad which did not retain any player prior to the auction to ensure full capitalization of Right To Match.
The first leg of IPL 7 matches are to be held in UAE- Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium), Dubai (Dubai International Cricket Stadium) and Sharjah (Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium). The Indian section would be played across ten venues in the country.
The IPL 2014 starts on April 16 with a match against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, starting from 14:30 GMT. It is the same venue that would be hosting the last of UAE matches on April 30-the game is between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Indian edition of IPL 7 would begin on May 2 with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at JSCA International Cricket Stadium. There would be 56 group matches followed by 4 playoffs. The last of the group match is between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals on May 25 , at Wankhede Stadium. The semi-final and the final are on May 30 & June 1, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The IPL 2014 tickets are available online now since the earliest week of April. The starting price for Abu Dhabi stadium is around AED20 (single match), AED30 (for Dubai single match) and UED30 ( for Sharjah single match).
All the IPL teams have proceeded strategically this time with the help of “Right To Match” rule. With some of the previous players at hand, the squads have restructured themselves with the mission to score solid this time.
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