The 2018 season of this Indian Premier League

IPL season 11 schedule

will be the eleventh season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league created by the BCCI in 2008. The season, which will be held from 7 April to 27 May, will see the return of the Chennai Super Kings along with the Rajasthan Royals after serving two years of suspension to the participation of their respective owners in the 2013 IPL betting case.

Star Sports bagged the media rights at $16,347.5 crore ($2.55 billion) for five years beginning from 2018.

Format

Eight teams have been scheduled to play in 2018. The tournament involves each team playing every other team twice in a home-and-away, dual round-robin format. At the conclusion of the double round-robin team, the top four groups on the basis of aggregate points qualify for its playoffs. Within this stage, the best two teams compete with each other (in a match titled “Qualifier 1”), as do the rest two groups (at a game titled “Eliminator”). While the winner of Qualifier 1 straight qualifies for the final match, the losing team has another chance to qualify to the final game by playing the winning team of this Eliminator game; this game is titled Qualifier 2. The winner of this subsequent Qualifier two match goes onto the final match. The group that wins the last game is crowned the Indian Premier League winners.

Personnel changes

The IPL Governing Council declared that each IPL franchise can retain of a maximum of five players out of their respective current squads. Of the five players, a franchise can maintain a maximum of 3 players through retention in lead up to the market, and a maximum of 3 players through right-to-match card during the auction. The other limitations on player retention are: a maximum of three restricted Indian players could be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players could be kept. A franchise will be permitted to spend just $33 crore on retentions ahead of the 2018 IPL auction, leaving it at least $47 crore to spend in the auction.

IPL teams were requested to submit their retention record by January 4. For the first time in IPL background, the participant retention event was broadcast live on Star Sports.The IPL auction was held on 27 and 28 January in Bangalore per day following the closing of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.