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Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League or IPL commenced on 18th April, 2008 in Bengaluru. Mr. Lalit Modi was the primary force behind the commencement of such a tournament. IPL is the most-watched Twenty20 league in the world
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 Indian Premier LeagueIndian Premier League (IPL) is being considered as the latest, and one of the biggest revolutions in Indian Cricket. Indian Premier League (IPL) is a tournament that follows the Twenty- 20 format and is being run and managed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). A large number of corporate houses are associated with the BCCI as the sponsors of this mega tournament.

In the year 2015, Pepsi sponsored the whole IPL. The game was initiated in Mumbai, headquarter of BCCI. Presently, the game is supervised by Vice President of BCCI, Rajeev Shukla, who also serves as the Commissioner and Chairman for BCCI. As the tournament stands currently; nine teams, consisting of players from around the world competes for the title. It was started after an unhealthy episode between the Indian Cricket League and BCCI.

The BCCI, under the then chairman Lalit Modi, inaugurated the IPL on 18th April, 2008 in M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru with a view to bring more excitement in Indian Cricket and also to present this new version of Cricket, to the Indian Cricket enthusiasts, in a big way. The tournament is mainly played on a double round-robin league and knockout format and the winning team gets a huge amount of prize money. The matches for IPL are played at various Indian Cricket Stadiums and there is great involvement of Indian Cricket Personalities. The IPL serves as a huge platform for Indian State Level Cricketers to display their skills, while playing alongside international cricketing icons and talented Indian Cricket Players.

The unique thing about the Indian Premier League is that, here the teams are run and managed by various corporate houses or the celebrities from different sects of the society. The owners of the teams have to go through a bidding procedure to buy the teams and after that, the cricketers are also put on auction. The managements of the teams take part in the auction and bid for their desired cricketer, with a view to make their team the strongest one among all others.

Indian Premier League All the cricketers from around the world, including the Indian cricketers are put on auction. The BCCI has actually followed the format of England's most popular football event, the English Premier League (EPL) for governing the rules and regulations of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

History of Indian Premier League
The idea for conducting a tournament like the IPL was first conceived by Lalit Modi, ex-commissioner of IPL and ex-Vice-President of the Board of Cricket Control for India. The Indian Premier League commenced on 18th April 2008. The interesting T20 tournament was preceded by an impressive opening ceremony.

The tradition continues. An opening ceremony marks the start of the IPL each year. At the first season 59 matches were scheduled to be played. In 2009, the IPL was back with its second season. However, this time it was held in South Africa. In 2010, IPL returned to India. In addition, in 2011, the tournament was held in Indian soil. For the 2012 season, the game championship will be played between nine teams. The IPL Committee terminated the IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Deccan Chargers. Deccan Chargers is now renamed as Sunrisers Hyderabad. A spot fixing case was revealed by Delhi Police, leading to arrest of three cricketers from Rajasthan Royals and other persons.

Players in Indian Premier League
There are a few marquee Indian Cricketers, who have been bestowed upon with the "icon" statuses by the BCCI. The players were Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag were given the status of icon player for the first season. Though, the legendary Indian Cricket Player, VVS Laxman was initially given the "icon status", he voluntarily opted out of this status for his team. The players with icon status are given the best offerings on behalf of the teams and they usually play for the state from where they belong.

For the 2013 season of IPL the teams were modelled in a new avatar and there were new recruitment by all teams and change of support staffs too. The new structures of all the nine teams are as follows:

Team Name City Inception Owner(s) Captain
Bangalore Royal Challengers Bengaluru 2008 Vijay Mallya Virat Kohli
Chennai Super Kings Chennai 2008 N. Srinivasan, India Cements Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Delhi Daredevils Delhi 2008 GMR Group Kevin Pietersen
Kings XI Punjab Punjab 2008 Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta George Bailey
Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata 2008 Juhi Chawla, Shahrukh Khan, Jay Mehta Gautam Gambhir
Mumbai Indians Mumbai 2008 Reliance Industries Rohit Sharma
Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan 2011 Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, Lachlan Murdoch Shane Watson
Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad 2013 Kalanidhi (SUN TV Network) Shikhar Dhawan

Teams in Indian Premier League
Initially eight teams participated in the first edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the teams were Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, in March 2010, two more teams were announced and they went on to play the 2011 IPL matches. These two teams were Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers. But these two teams became defunct.

Rules of Indian Premier League
Actually there are five ways that a particular franchisee can obtain a player. In annual auction, signing uncapped players, buying new players, through buying and trading replacements is the general norm. A given player can only be traded, through a transfer window, with his consent. The difference between the old and new contact price has to be paid by the franchisee. And if the new contact is actually worth more than old one then the difference in price will be shared between the franchisee selling the player and player himself.
Indian Premier League
Rules of Team Composition in IPL:
1. A squad should have a minimum of 16 players plus one coach and physiotherapist.
2. Not more then 11 foreign players should be in a particular squad and maximum of 4 foreign players can feature in the playing 11.
3. A minimum of 14 Indian players has to be included in each squad.
4. A minimum of 6 players from the pool of under 22 team of BCCI

A difference in rule with the ICC happens with the timeout. IPL has the concept of timeout, and it provides the player with the opportunity to plan and strategize and also take a drink during the 1 minute 30 seconds time limit. Each team is allowed to have a total of 4 time out breaks, two in each innings. But as per rules it has to be taken from 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th over. As IPL is known for having ads during the game, so there is no stipulated time limit to complete innings, but if the umpires find any team misusing the time allotted then penalty will awarded to captain who is guilty.

The IPL follows general rule identified by the International Cricket Council.

Winners of Indian Premier League
The final match of in 2008 IPL was played between the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. The Rajasthan Royals team became successful to win the trophy in the inaugural IPL. Shaun Marsh of Kings XI Punjab team became the highest run scorer of the tournament and Sohail Tanvir of Rajasthan Royals team became the highest wicket-taker.

In the 2009 tournament, the final two teams that fought for the trophy were Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers. The Deccan Chargers emerged as the winner. Both the edition of 2010 and 2011 Chennai Super Kings were the winners. The following year, in 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders showed a spirited performance and won the fifth edition of IPL. Pepsi Co replaced DLF Ltd as the title sponsor starting with the IPL 2013 season. DLF did not renew their contract after their initial five-year contract, ended with the previous season. PepsiCo's contract is for five years, ending with the 2017 season.

Indian Premier League 6
Team P W L RR Points
Chennai Super Kings 16 11 5 0.53 22
Mumbai Indians 16 11 5 0.441 22
Rajasthan Royals 16 10 6 0.322 20
Sunrisers Hyderabad 16 10 6 0.003 20
Royal Challengers Bangalore 16 9 7 0.457 18
Kings XI Punjab 16 8 8 0.226 16
Kolkata Knight Riders 16 6 10 -0.095 12
Pune Warriors 16 4 12 -1.006 8
Delhi Daredevils 16 3 13 -0.848 6

The IPL 6 final match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Garden in Kolkata created a momentum, while the Mumbai Indians snatched the IPL Champion Trophy 2013 after waiting for 6 years and after that Sachin Tendulkar declared this IPL as his last IPL Tournament. On 21 May 2013, Pune Warriors India terminated their participation in the league due to disagreements with their franchisee fees.

Indian Premier League 2014
Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 or IPL 7 started from 16th April 2014 - 1st June 2014. This game was hosted by both UAE and India. There are eight teams participating in 2014 Indian Premier League as Pune Warriors India was terminated.

The auction of players of IPL 7 took place on 13th February 2014 and 15th February 2014 in Bengaluru. For the second time after 2011 Indian Premier League teams were allowed to retain up to 5 players. The seven players in the teams retained at least two players from the previous squad. After hosting the first part in the United Arab Emirates, the seventh edition of Indian Premier League returned to India on 2 May 2014. Due to the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections the venues for some matches were shifted to UAE. The teams like Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were the four teams that made it to the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs in first qualifier to reach the final. Chennai Super Kings faced Kings XI Punjab in the second qualifier after defeating Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in the eliminator.

The Kings XI Punjab defeated them by 24 runs to reach the finals. In the final match held on 1st June 2014 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets. This was the second IPL tournament and the nine successive wins that they have won.

Teams Standings in Indian Premier League 2014
Teams in Indian Premier League Pld W L NR Pts NRR
Kings XI Punjab 14 11 3 0 22 0.968
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 9 5 0 18 0.418
Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0 18 0.385
Mumbai Indians 14 7 7 0 14 0.095
Rajasthan Royals 14 7 7 0 14 0.06
Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 6 8 0 12 -0.399
Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 5 9 0 10 -0.428
Delhi Daredevils 14 2 12 0 4 -1.182

Indian Premier League 2015
Indian Premier League The eighth season of Indian Premier League started on 8th April 2015 and ran until the final on 24th May 2015. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Banglore and Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoffs. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in qualifier-1 to enter the finals. Dwayne Bravo of Chennai team won the Purple cap for most wickets, David Warner of Hyderabad team won the Orange cap for most runs, Shreyas Iyer of Delhi team won the Pepsi Emerging Player of the Season, Dwayne Bravo of Chennai team won the Best Catch of the Season, Andre Russell of Kolkata team won the Most Valuable Player and Chennai team won the McDowell's No.1 Fairplay Award.

Teams Standings in Indian Premier League 2015
Teams of Indian Premier League Pld W L NR Pts NRR
Chennai Super Kings (R) 14 9 5 0 18 0.709
Mumbai Indians (C) 14 8 6 0 16
Royal Challengers Bangalore (3) 14 7 5 2 16 1.037
Rajasthan Royals (4) 14 7 5 2 16 0.062
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 7 6 1 15 0.253
Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 7 7 0 14
Delhi Daredevils 14 5 8 1 11
Kings XI Punjab 14 3 11 0 6

(Last Updated on : 18/06/2015)
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