Indian Premier League
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|Indian Premier League|
Logo of Indian Premier League
|Administrator||Board of Control for Cricket in India|
|Tournament format||Double round-robin and playoffs|
|Number of teams||8 (current)|
|Current champion||Kolkata Knight Riders (2nd title)|
|Most successful||Chennai Super Kings
Kolkata Knight Riders
(2 titles each)
|Qualification||Champions League Twenty20|
|Most runs||Suresh Raina (3325), Chennai Super Kings|
|Most wickets||Lasith Malinga (119), Mumbai Indians|
|TV||List of broadcasters television|
|2014 Indian Premier League|
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament which was inaugurated in 2008. The format involves franchisees (currently 8) competing for the title. The games are usually played between April and June, in India (with one exception: The 2009 edition was played in South Africa due to security concerns at the time of General Elections in India). It is currently supervised by BCCI Vice-President Ranjib Biswal, who serves as the League's chairman and Commissioner. Sundar Raman has been the IPL chief operating officer (COO) since its first season, after he was appointed by the former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi in 2008.
The IPL is the most-watched Twenty20 league in the world and is also known for its commercial success. During the seventh season (2014), the Indian Premier League's brand value was estimated to be around US$3.2 billion.
Live rights to the event are syndicated around the globe, and in 2010, IPL became the first sporting event to be broadcast live on YouTube. 
Of the 11 teams to have competed since it's inception, five have won the title: Kolkata Knight Riders (2), Chennai Super Kings (2), Rajasthan Royals (1), Deccan Chargers (1), and Mumbai Indians (1). The current champions are the Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the 2014 season by beating the Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets.
- 1 History
- 2 League organization
- 3 Teams' performances
- 4 Prize money
- 5 Sponsorships
- 6 Global interest
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The IPL was inaugurated in 2008, in the midst of the period during which the Indian Cricket League was operational, and has been an enormous success as an annual tournament. The tournament has gone from strength to strength and is largely viewed as being the 'richest' in world cricket.
Until 2012, the Indian Premier League was sponsored by DLF after they paid $50 million for a five-year sponsorship of the competition. Pepsi took over the contract for the 2013 IPL season after paying close to $72 million for the 5-year contract. In 2008, Sony paid $1 billion for the broadcasting rights over a ten-year period. The IPL is watched globally, and in 2010 made history by becoming the first sporting event to be broadcast live on YouTube.
IPL Committees -
Code of Behaviour Committee - Sanjay Patel, Ranjib Biswal, Amitabh Chaudhary, Ravi Shastri, Arindam Ganguly
Technical Committee - Sanjay Patel, Anurag Thakur, Ravi Shastri, Ranjib Biswal, GR Vishwanath
Entertainment Committee - Anirudh Chaudhry, Ranjib Biswal, Anurag Thakur, Chetan Desai
Suspect Bowling Action Committee - Sanjay Patel, AV Jayaprakash, Javagal Srinath, S Venkataraghavan
Governing Council (All office bearers of BCCI + Chairman and Finance Committee) - Ranjib Biswal, TC Mathew, Amitabh Choudhary, Chetan Desai, Nilay Dutta, Subir Ganguly, Ravi Shastri, GR Vishwanath, Arindam Ganguly, C K Khanna
List of approved IPL venues across India - Barabati Stadium, Eden Gardens, Ferozeshah Kotla, JSCA International Cricket Stadium, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Sardar Patel Stadium, Wankhede Stadium
The first season of IPL was sponsored by DLF. The inaugural season of the tournament took place from 18 April – 1 June 2008. The group stages featured eight teams playing against each other, twice at home and once away basis, with the top four progressing to the semi-finals.
The final was played in DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. The first winner of the tournament was Rajasthan Royals, who beat Chennai Super Kings in a match that went down to the last ball. Rajasthan's Shane Watson was named player of the tournament.
The 2009 Indian Premier League season, also known as IPL 2, was hosted in South Africa because of the general elections in India and was played for 37 days from 18 April – 24 May 2009. Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final to take the title (these two were placed 8th and 7th respectively in the standings of previous season).
The third season returned to India and it was the first IPL tournament that was broadcast live on YouTube. The final four matches of the tournament were screened in 3D across theatres in India. The Chennai Super Kings defeated the Mumbai Indians in the finals to win their first title.
Fourth season: Debut of the Pune and Kochi teams
In 2011, two new teams, Pune Warriors India (PWI) from Pune and Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) from Kochi made their debut in IPL 4. However, the bid for the Kochi franchise turned controversial resulting in the resignation of minister, Shashi Tharoor from the Central Government. Later Lalit Modi was also removed from IPL chairmanship by BCCI. On 5 December 2010, it was confirmed that Kochi will take part in the fourth season of IPL.
With the addition of 2 teams, namely Sahara's Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, the number of franchises increased from 8 to 10. The format was changed to each team playing 5 other teams in a home-away format. Of the remaining, a team would play 2 at home and 2 away matches. Thus each team played a total of 14 matches.
The Chennai Super Kings won their second consecutive title after defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final.
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala withdrew at the end of this IPL season.
The fifth season featured nine teams after the termination of the Kochi franchise. The auction of the players was held on 4 February 2012. Maximum number of players in each squad was increased from 30 to 33. A total of 76 matches were played from 4 April to 27 May. The Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings qualified for the playoffs. The final was hosted by Chennai on 27 May, where the Chennai Super Kings played against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 5 wickets.
This edition of the IPL was the most competitive with 14 matches producing results in the very last over, and a couple in the last ball. Towards the end of the league, it encountered many hurdles including a spot fixing case, which allegedly included five players caught on a sting operation carried by a news channel.
Sixth season: Pepsi replacing DLF as title sponsor and PWI dissolving
Pepsi replaced DLF as the title sponsor. Nine teams have participated in the sixth season. The sixth season took place 3 April – 26 May 2013. Deccan Chargers franchise was terminated by the IPL governing council which was later replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad owned by Sun Group.
Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad were the four teams in the league stage to qualify for the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets in the eliminator played at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier and faced Chennai Super Kings in the Final. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs for their first title win. Shane Watson was named man of the tournament.
Pune Warriors India team was dissolved on the same day.
The league ran 16 April – 1 June 2014 and was hosted by both UAE & India. There are eight teams participating in 2014 Indian Premier League as Pune Warriors India was terminated. The auction of players for the seventh season of IPL took place on 13 and 15 February 2014 in Bangalore. For the second time after 2011 IPL teams were allowed to retain up to 5 players. 7 teams retained at least 2 players from the previous squad. After hosting the first part in the United Arab Emirates, the seventh edition of Indian Premier League returned to India on 2 May. Based on security demands for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections the venues for some matches were shifted outside India. Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were the four teams that made it to the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs in first qualifier to reach the final. Chennai Super Kings faced Kings XI Punjab in the second qualifier after defeating Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in the eliminator, Kings XI Punjab defeated them by 24 runs to reach the finals. In the finals held on 1 June,Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets, to become the winner of IPL 2014. This was the second IPL they have won.Orange cap was won by Kolkata Knight Riders's Robin Uthappa & Purple cap was won by Chennai Super King's Mohit Sharma. Glenn Maxwell was named Man of the Tournament. This IPL also ended with the conclusion that the winner of the orange cap has never been in the side that wins the tournament 
The winning bidders for the eight franchises (or clubs) were announced on 24 January 2008. While the total base price for auction was US$400 million, the auction fetched US$723.59 million. Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers were the founding clubs of the new professional league.
On 21 March 2010, teams from Pune (Pune Warriors India) and Kochi (Kochi Tuskers Kerala) were unveiled as the two new clubs for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. The base price was $225 million. While Pune was bought by Sahara Adventure Sports Group for $370 million, the Kochi franchise was bought by Rendezvous Sports World Limited for $333.3 million. The second franchise auction fetched total $703 million.
The rights to the new Hyderabad franchise were awarded to the Sun TV Network in October 2012. Supreme court of India gave an order that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be ruled out of IPL considering 2013 IPL scam.
There are five ways that a franchise can acquire a player: In the annual auction, signing domestic players, signing uncapped players, through trading, and signing replacements. In the trading window, the player can only be traded with his consent. The franchise will have to pay the difference between the old contract price and the new contract price. If the new contract is worth more than the older one, then the difference will be shared between the player and the franchise selling the player.
Some of the team composition rules are:
- A minimum squad strength of 16 players plus one physiotherapist and a coach.
- No more than 11 foreign players in the squad and a maximum of four foreign players should be in the playing eleven.
- A minimum of 14 Indian players must be included in each squad.
- A minimum of six players from the BCCI under-22 pool must be included in each squad.
IPL games utilise television timeouts, hence there is no time limit for teams to complete their innings. However, there may be a penalty if the umpires find teams misusing this privilege at their own choice. Additionally, each team is given a two-and-a-half-minute "strategic timeout" during each innings; one must be taken by the bowling team between the 6th to 10th overs, and the batting team between the 11th to 16th overs.
The total spending cap for a franchise in the first player auction was US$5 million. Under-22 players are to be remunerated with a minimum annual salary of US$20,000 while for others it is US$50,000.
|Chennai Super Kings||R||4th||W||W||R||R||3rd|
|Kings XI Punjab||3rd||5th||8th||5th||6th||6th||R|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6th||8th||6th||4th||W||7th||W|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||7th||R||3rd||R||5th||5th||7th|
|Pune Warriors India||DNP||DNP||DNP||9th||9th||8th||DNP|
|Kochi Tuskers Kerala||DNP||DNP||DNP||8th||DNP||DNP||DNP|
- W = Winner; R = Runner-up; = Semifinalist; DNP = Did not participate; TBD = To be decided
Titles and performance
|Chennai Super Kings||2008–2014||2||Champions (2010, 2011)|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||2008–2014||2||Champions (2012, 2014)|
|Mumbai Indians||2008–2014||1||Champions (2013)|
|Rajasthan Royals||2008–2014||1||Champions (2008)|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||2008–2014||0||Runner – Up (2009, 2011)|
|Kings XI Punjab||2008–2014||0||Runner - Up (2014)|
|Delhi Daredevils||2008–2014||0||Semi-finals (2009)|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||2013–2014||0||Playoffs Eliminator(2013)|
|Deccan Chargers||2008–2012||1||Champions (2009)|
|Pune Warriors India||2011–2013||0||8th Place (2013)|
|Kochi Tuskers Kerala||2011-2011||0||8th Place (2011)|
- Defunct Teams (no longer exists or play twenty20)
Source: Cricinfo 
- Champions: 150 million
- Runner-up: 100 million
- Third place: 75 million
- Fourth place: 75 million
- No prize money for remaining teams
It must be noted that IPL rules mandate that half of the prize money must be distributed among the players.
India's biggest property developer DLF Group paid ₹2.50 billion (around US$50 million) to be the title sponsor of the tournament for 5 years from 2008 to 2012. From 2013 season, the American food and beverage company PepsiCo took over title sponsorship for five years valued at ₹3968 million, and also exclusive beverage supplier for the IPL teams in the 2013 season.
The IPL is expected to bring the BCCI an income of approximately US$1.6 billion, over a period of five to ten years. All of these revenues are directed to a central pool, 40% of which will go to IPL itself, 54% to franchises and 6% as prize money. The money will be distributed in these proportions until 2017, after which the share of IPL will be 50%, franchises 45% and prize money 5%. The IPL signed up Kingfisher Airlines as the official umpire partner for the series in a 1.06 billion (US$17 million) (approximately £15 million) deal. This deal sees the McDowells No.1 brand on all umpires' uniforms and also on the giant screens during third umpire decisions.
On 17 January 2008 it was announced that a consortium consisting of India's Sony Entertainment Television(Set Max) network and Singapore-based World Sport Group secured the global broadcasting rights of the Indian Premier League. The record deal has a duration of ten years at a cost of US$1.026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium will pay the BCCI US$918 million for the television broadcast rights and US$108 million for the promotion of the tournament. This deal was challenged in the Bombay High Court by IPL, and got the ruling on its side.
After losing the battle in court, Sony Entertainment Television signed a new contract with BCCI with Sony Entertainment Television paying 87 billion (US$1.4 billion) for 10 years. One of the reasons for payment of this huge amount is seen as the money required to subsidise IPL's move to South Africa which will be substantially more than the previous IPL. IPL had agreed to subsidise the difference in operating cost between India and South Africa as it decided to move to the African nation after the security concerns raised because of its coincidence with India's general elections.
20% of these proceeds would go to IPL, 8% as prize money and 72% would be distributed to the franchisees. The money would be distributed in these proportions until 2012, after which the IPL would go public and list its shares (But in March 2010, IPL decided not to go public).
On 1 April 2011, Rogers Media announced that he signed a four-year exclusive deal in Canada to broadcast 36 group stage matches, 3 playoff matches and 1 championship match on its channel Sportsnet One. In the 2012 season, its coverage includes a weekly highlight show and four matches on its Omni Television multicultural stations, and the IPL Final was broadcast on the main Sportsnet regional channels.
|Winning Bidder||Regional Broadcast Rights||Terms of Deal|
|Sony Entertainment Television/World Sport Group
(SET Max and Sony SIX)
|India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal||10 years, 2008–2017 at 87 billion (US$1.4 billion) (revised)|
|The Times Group||Worldwide||Global Rights to distribute on broadband, mobile and radio. 4 Years 2011–2014, Terms not released.|
|GEO Super (2008–2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)||Pakistan||Contract extended to 2013.|
|Carlton Sports Network (2012–)
Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation: Channel Eye (2008–2011)
|Sri Lanka||Terms not released.|
|Network Ten (2008)
|Australia: Currently no television broadcasting.||5 years, 2008–2012 at A$10–15 million.|
|Sky Sport (2008–2010, 2012–)||New Zealand||Terms not released.|
|PCCW||Hong Kong: Broadcast rights on Now TV.||2 years, 2010–2011 terms not released.|
|StarHub||Singapore: Broadcast rights on IPL Channel.||Terms not released.|
|Astro||Malaysia, Brunei||Terms not released.|
|SuperSport||South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe||10 Years, 2008–2017 terms not released.|
|Arab Digital Distribution (CricOne)||United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Broadcast rights on CricOne
|10 Years, 2008–2017 terms not released.|
|Sky Sports(2015–) ITV (2010–2014) Setanta Sports (2008–2009)||United Kingdom: Broadcast on ITV4.||4 Years 2011–2014, Terms not released.|
|SportsMax||Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands||Terms not released.|
|Sportsnet One/World/Omni (2011–present) Asian Television Network (2008–2010) ATN-Asian Radio (2008–present)||Canada: Exclusive broadcast rights.||4 years, 2011–2014 terms not released.|
|Willow (2008–2010, 2012–present)||United States||Rights to distribute on television, radio, broadband and Internet, for the IPL in North America. 5 years, 2008–2012, terms not released.|
|NEO Cricket (2011–) Dish Network (2008, 2011) DirecTV (2008–2010)||United States||Terms not released; channel and IPL rights have since been merged into Willow|
Revenue and profits
There are disputed figures for the profitability of the teams. One analyst said that four teams out of the eight made a profit in 2009. While The Times said that all but Kings XI Punjab made a profit.
In 2010, the IPL expects to have 80 official merchandising deals. It has signed a deal with Swiss watchmaker Bandelier to make official watches for the IPL.
DCI Mobile Studios (A division of Dot Com Infoway Limited), in conjunction with Sigma Ventures of Singapore, have jointly acquired the rights to be the exclusive Mobile Application partner and rights holder for the Indian Premier League cricket matches worldwide for the next 8 years (including the 2017 season). Recently[when?], they have released the IPL T20 Mobile applications for iPhone, Nokia Smartphones and BlackBerry devices. It is available across all other major Mobile platforms including the Android, Windows Mobile, Palm & others.
The IPL negotiated a contract with the Canadian company Live Current Media Inc. to run and operate its portals and the minimum guarantee has been negotiated at US$50 million over the next 10 years. In 2010, the contract was nullified and the BCCI decided to run the IPL Digital properties in-house. The official website of the tournament is www.iplt20.com. Incorporating popular forms of social media, the website now contains a more holistic presence across all online mediums to empower user interaction.
The third season of the IPL saw interest rise dramatically in the United Kingdom, due to telecasts being moved from the subscription-based Setanta Sports to the free-to-air ITV4. Lalit Modi, then chairman and Commissioner, also expressed immense satisfaction on the way IPL has been accepted by the British audience. "ITV beats Sky Sports over the weekend in number of viewers. This is great going. The ITV numbers are double that of rugby league. This is huge by all imaginations. UK figures for viewership on ITV already 10 times that of last year. This is just fantastic news," he said.
A number of portals piggyback on the immense popularity of the Indian Premier League and offer users an opportunity to play fantasy cricket leagues specially designed for the IPL. Fantasy cricket is a game which allows users to make a virtual team and then allots points to them based on how their chosen players perform in the actual matches. There are some basic rules that need to be followed while creating a virtual team. It is hugely popular in India and among Indians living abroad during the eight weeks of the Indian Premier League. It can be played on official website of IPL.
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