IPL 5 to Start from 4th April 2012 – Kochi Excluded
The planning is already on for the Indian Premier League (IPL 5) that is to be held next year in 2012. It’s going to be the 5th season for the BCCI established Indian Premier League that started in 2008. The present IPL Chairman Shri Rajiv Shukla has already announced the dates of the much awaited glam tournament and it is to take place between 4th April and 27th of May. The 5th edition of IPL would be having its opening ceremony a day prior to start of the said tournament (3rd April, 2012) in the city ofChennai. Chennai Super Kings, the IPL 4 champion has been declared to commence the opening match in their home ground, Chepauk Stadium which is also said to be hosting the IPL 5 finals.
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The Indian Premier League 5 is to be held post India’s Australia tour as well as after S. Africa’s New Zealand trip. Besides, there are many international tournaments to take place at almost the same time in 2012 which implies the absence of a good number of international players from the tournament. However, the Governing Council has declared that IPL5 won’t have any Pakistani players.
The Indian Premier League 5, 2012 would be having 74 matches throughout 54 days.
The BCCI has also announced the number of teams to take part in IPL 5. Much like in IPL 4, the 2012 tournament would have the teams split into two groups. The grpups have been split into Group A and B. Group A is expected to have Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians. Group B is supposed to comprise of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. It implies the 5th edition of Indian Premier League will have 9 teams instead of 10 as Kochi Tuskers has been left out of the tournament on non-payment issues.
The exclusion of Kochi has given birth to talks regarding getting an IPL team for Ahmedabad.
Two of the IPL 5 teams would have a change in their captaincy. Rahul Dravid would be replacing Shane Warne as the Captain of Rajasthan Royals and Sourav Ganguly has been declared as the coach-cum-Captain for Pune Warriors replacing the earlier Pune Captain Yuvraj Singh. Ganguly’s news is a great relief for his Bengali fans.
However, BCCI has remarked that if Governing Council here decides to step ahead with 9 teams then the 2012 tournament would be reverting to its former pattern of a blend of home plus away matches.
In addition, the Governing Council of DLF Indian Premier League has been discussing ways for improving the present transfer window in trading the players that would be taking place for a period of 30 days from December 2011- January 2012. Franchises are requested to bring ideas of the new improvisation policies on trading with the players.
However, Rajiv Shukla has stated the upcoming IPL 5 bidding would be followed keeping in mind the interest of the players, including the existing players of Kochi Tuskers.