All eyes in the nation are going to be on the television, this time not for India vs Pak, but because it is that season in cricket where players from all over the world play as a part of India. It’s time for IPL season 9 from whose start we are just two days away.
IPL since the time it was introduced has always followed the T20 pattern of matches, but if there have been changes, it has been in the teams, their owners and sponsors definitely. There will be no more flavors of Chennai or Rajasthan in the upcoming matches due to suspension of the two teams for their illegal batting practices. Chennai’s team from social media teams has been reported as the most favored by the audience, but IPL’s broadcast partner, Sony television says that it won’t influence the number of people who watch the matches this year. The two teams won’t be in, at least for the coming two years, but the teams that will take up their places are ‘Rising Pune Supergiants’ and ‘Gujarat lions’ owned by Sanjiv Goenka and Keshav Bansal respectively. Also, it is no more “Pepsi IPL”! Yes, the five-year deal to end next year has been terminated and now the game is sponsored by Vivo. BCCI has confirmed pretty long ago that IPL’s title sponsorship deal with the smartphone manufacturers, Vivo has been sealed. The tournament is scheduled to be played between 9 April and 29 May 2016 as announced on the 10th of March.
The Indian Premiere League is very often also called the Indian Controversy league. From the 2013 scandal of match fixing to this time where the players from the West Indies cricket team bedeviled by major issues with their administrators, every new IPL tournament comes with new problems. After suspension of the two teams this year, the games seemed promising when the Maharashtra drought bowled a googly at the cash-rich T20 extravaganza. However, Maharashtra will be hosting 20 matches this time with it’s two home-teams, one from Mumbai and the other from Pune. It refused a stay on the match as the petition was filed too late but suggestions from the court still say that matches be shifted to states that are not reeling under such a severe drought!
The first match of the Indian Premier League 2016 between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants will go ahead on April 9 now after the Bombay High Court has refused a stay on the PIL filed.