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IPL: Dates, schedule, history & odds

The Indian Premier League is widely regarded as the most prestigious Twenty20 franchise tournament in the world and it attracts the most dynamic white-ball cricketers on the planet.

Since its inaugural season in 2008, the IPL has showcased the talents of top T20 players from around the globe and propelled a new generation of Indian cricketers to stardom. 

In 2022 the competition was expanded to 10 teams and there is no shortage of motivation for players competing in the IPL as the tournament's biggest names can earn multi-million dollar contracts as well as the adulation of a cricket-loving Indian public.

WhatIndian Premier League
WhenFriday 29th March to Sunday 26th May 2024
How to watchThe 2023 IPL season was broadcast on Sky Sports and DAZN. There is currently no details on how the 2024 season will be broadcast in the UK.

When is the Indian Premier League?

The Indian Premier League is held each year in India during the months of March, April and May. 

The 2024 IPL will begin on Friday 29th March and the final will be held on Sunday 26th May.

Where is the Indian Premier League?

Each of the 10 Indian Premier League franchises has their own home ground and some of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India play host to IPL matches each season. 

Current champions Chennai Super Kings play at the M A Chidambaram Stadium, Kolkata Knight Riders play at Eden Gardens and Gujarat Titans welcome visiting teams to the 132,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which was the venue for the 2022 and 2023 finals. 

In 2023 Rajasthan Royals divided their home fixtures between Jaipur and Guwahati while Punjab Kings played in Mohali and Dharamshala.

Can I watch the Indian Premier League?

The 2023 IPL season was shown on Sky Sports and DAZN after the broadcasters reached a late agreement to show all 74 games. 

There is currently no deal in place to broadcast the 2024 season.

How many times has the Indian Premier League taken place?

The Indian Premier League 2024 will be the 17th edition of the T20 franchise league. 

It was first held in 2008 when Rajasthan Royals, inspired by Australia legend Shane Warne, lifted the trophy. 

The 2009 tournament was held in South Africa and Dubai staged the IPL finals in 2020 and 2021.

Who has won the Indian Premier League on the most occasions?

The Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant franchises in Indian Premier League history, each winning five titles. 

The Super Kings are the reigning champions after winning a dramatic 2023 final against Gujarat and also took home the title in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021. 

In addition, Chennai have also finished as runners-up on five occasions. 

Their great rivals Mumbai won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 but have made the play-offs only once since their last title win and finished bottom of the pile in 2022. 

Last season's runners-up Gujarat, who won the title at the first attempt in 2022, are one of four clubs to have tasted IPL glory once alongside Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the now defunct Deccan Chargers, while Kolkata Knight Riders have been crowned champions twice (2012 and 2014).

How does the Indian Premier League work?

The Indian Premier League was expanded to 10 teams in 2022 with the franchises split into two groups for the league stage of the competition. 

Under the current format, each franchise plays 14 league fixtures, facing the other four teams in their group once and the five teams in the other group twice, once at home and once away. 

The top four teams in the league table qualify for the end-of-season play-offs. 

The franchises select their squads in lucrative pre-season player auctions and they are permitted to pick a maximum of four overseas players in their matchday 11.

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