The BCCI has organized a franchise based Twenty20 competition naming it the Indian Premier League (IPL) . This competition is modeled along the lines of club Football concept existing in Europe. This could be an important and exciting event since it has been officially approved by the ICC – thus attracting world acclaimed top cricketers into its foray. The success of the IPL could turn a new leaf in the history of Indian Premier League and world cricket .
The IPL T20 matches will be held in eight major cities Mumbai Indians Playing across India, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. In all there will 59 matches beginning from April 18, 2008 where the first IPL match will be played between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The Finals of the IPL is scheduled to be held in Mumbai on June 1 2008.
The IPL Teams are leaded by some of the world’s favorite and acclaimed cricketers. They are :
All IPL Teams are charged up and ready to score a point over each other. This is for the first time international players are teaming up across cultural barriers in order to put forth their best.
With most of the prominent international players participating in the IPL, each team has a special status. Players of International repute such as Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Michael Hussey, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Stephen Fleming are all set to showcase their capabilities.
Amongst these International Players playing at the IPL, Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds was bid for a whopping $1.35 million, followed by Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan all rounder bagged US $ 975,000, Australian bowler Brett Lee for $ 900,000, Jacques Kallis, South African all rounder was bid for US $ 900,000. New Zealand all rounder Jacob Oram and South African all rounder Albie Morkel both were bid for US $ 675,000. On the other hand, Chris Gayle, West Indian all rounder was bid for US $ 800,000. From the Pakistani players, bowler Mohammed Asif was bid for US $ 650,000, lastly not to forget most successful Australian bowler Shane Warne was bid for US $ 450,000.
The IPL team owners are Indian celebrities who have put a lot of money to bring IPL concept into reality and still popularize the game of cricket. Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Industries chairman owns the Mumbai team, Vijay Mallya, beer and airline baron owns the Bangalore team, India’s superstar Shah Rukh Khan along with Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta own the Kolkata team, Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia bagged the Chandigarh team. The Hyderabad team was lapped by Deccan Chronicles, India Cements owns the Chennai Super Kings, the Delhi team went to GMR Holdings and lastly the Jaipur team was won over by Emerging Media.