The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most exciting and popular Twenty20 cricket tournaments in the world. First held in 2008, the IPL features ten franchise teams representing different Indian cities, each composed of some of the world’s best cricketers. Over the years, the league has grown in popularity and prestige, attracting top international players and millions of fans from around the globe.
With its fast-paced gameplay, dramatic finishes, and star-studded lineups, the IPL has become a major cultural phenomenon in India and beyond. From the opening ceremony to the final match, the league offers a thrilling spectacle that showcases the best of cricket and captures the imagination of fans of all ages and backgrounds.
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is just a few days away. Again, the entirety of the nation will be glued to their TV sets, witnessing some nerve-wracking cricket. So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for two months of thrilling action.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the schedule, venue, teams, and where to watch the biggest extravaganza in T20 cricket.
Is the IPL 2023 schedule announced?
Yes, the schedule for IPL 2023 was announced long back. According to the IPL Schedule 2023, a total of 74 league matches are going to be played. The opening match will be played on 31st March, with the last group match on 21st May.
The dates for the knockout matches, i.e., Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2, Eliminator, and Final, are not yet declared.
How many teams will be participating in IPL 2023?
In total, there will be 10 teams participating in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League. The teams will be Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Titans, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Lucknow Super Giants, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Punjab Kings.
How many venues will be there for IPL 2023?
The IPL 2023 will be played across 12 venues, namely
- Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium)
- Mohali (Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium)
- Lucknow (Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium)
- Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium)
- Bengaluru (M Chinnaswamy Stadium)
- Chennai (MA Chidambaram Stadium)
- Delhi (Arun Jaitley Stadium)
- Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Stadium)
- Kolkata (Eden Gardens)
- Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium)
- Jaipur (Sawai Mansingh Stadium)
- Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium)
Where will the IPL 2023 be telecasted in India?
While Star Sports has renewed its contract, Viacom 18 grabbed the rights to live stream the matches in India by paying a total of INR 20,500 crore to BCCI. IPL broadcasting rights for the 2023 to 2027 season were sold for Rs 48,390 crore ($6.2 billion) by the BCCI.
In layman’s terms, if you have a cable TV connection, the IPL 2023 be available on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.
Additionally, the digital rights are available with Jio. So you can watch the IPL 2023 on Jio Cinema app at zero additional cost.
When is the first match of IPL 2023?
The first match of IPL 2023 will happen on 31st March between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The match will commence at 7:30 PM IST.