The BCCI announced the schedule for the first two weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday (19th February). Defending Champions Chennai Super Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game on 23rd March at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

All teams will play a minimum of 4 matches with the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing 5 matches. Every team will play a minimum of 2 home and 2 away matches with DC playing 3 home matches, while RCB will play 3 away matches.

As per the current IPL schedule, as many as 17 matches will be played from March 23 to April 5, with three double-header days on March 24, 30 and 31.

The Election Commission of India will announce the dates for the general election in the first week of March. The schedule of the IPL is therefore subject to change as the fans will have to wait for the election dates for the rest of the time table to be announced.

With reference to the election issue, the press release stated, “This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season of the IPL, working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”

With the schedule for the first two weeks announced, the fixtures for the remainder of the tournament is expected in a few days. Though the date of the grand finale is yet to be announced, it is expected to be played at Chennai as it was the CSK who won the IPL title last season.


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