The 11th season of Indian Premier League will begin on 6th April 2018, confirmed IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla on Monday evening. Shukla said that the opening ceremony of the tournament will take place on April 6 in Mumbai while the first match of the new season will be played at the same venue on April 7. The tournament will go on till May 27 and Mumbai, once again will host the final. “IPL 11 to begin on 6th April 2018 with opening ceremony in Mumbai and first match on 7th April in Mumbai, the final on 27th May will also be in Mumbai,” Shukla said.
Just like the last season, this year too 8 teams will participate in the cash-rich league. However, last year’s finalists Rising Pune Supergiants and Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions will be replaced by Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. Both these teams were earlier banned for two years due to their involvement in match-fixing. The IPL 2018 auction will take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28 where a total of 578 players will go under the hammer.
A total of 1122 players had registered themselves for the IPL 2018 player auction, out of which 578 names will go under the hammer this weekend in Bengaluru. Shikhar Dhawan, Ben Stokes, Yuvraj are among the few names included among the 16 players in the marquee list which will be priced at Rs 2 crore.
A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, off spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay go under the hammer. Among the overseas players, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Rashid Khan and Eoin Morgan will be on the franchises’ radar.
“The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of the VIVO IPL and are sure to attract high bids,” Shukla had said.
Apart from this, the teams have also retained 18 players in total. Among them are Indian skipper Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) and Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders).
In the last season of IPL, Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma defeated Pune to win the trophy for the third time. Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya was named the player of the final for his all-around performance.