The wait is finally over as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but there’s a catch. The schedule that has been announced is only for the first two weeks.
As of now, the governing body has got clearance for 17 games only with eight cities two matches each and the country’s capital is all set to host three games in the first segment of India’s cash-rich league.
According to a top BCCI official, the complete schedule for the 12th season of Indian Premier League cannot be released together keeping the Lok Sabha elections in mind.
The first game of the league will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. All the teams will play a minimum of 5 matches with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals playing four games.
In the first segment of the tournament, March 24, March 30, and March 31 will be the only dates that would feature double-headers. On March 24th, Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders will host Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata while Mumbai Indias will square-off against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.
While on March 31, the Hyderabad franchise will lock horns against RCB in Hyderabad while Chennai Super Kings will host Rajasthan Royals in Chennai.
Here’s the full schedule of IPL 2019 from March 23 to April 15 –
23rd March – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
24th March – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
24th March – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
25th March – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
26th March – Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings
27th March – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
28th March – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
29th March – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
30th March – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
30th March – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
31st March – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
31st March – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
1st April – Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals
2nd April – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
3rd April – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
4th April – Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
5th April – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar