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Indian Premier League

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around US$2.92 billion in fourth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.

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Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, also known as MCA Pune International Cricket Centre is a cricket stadium located at Gahunje near Pune, India. It serves as the home stadium for the Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors India and Maharashtra cricket team including headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

The stadium features a terrace surrounding the pitch, where spectators can sit. Four stands surround the terrace, accessed via a wide pedestrian concourse, with the gaps between the stands allowing light in and spectators to enjoy the surrounding views. Upper levels include further seating for spectators, a members' pavilion, hospitality boxes, and facilities for broadcasting and press. Parking is provided on surrounding land. Membrane roofs provide shade from the sun. Sahara India Pariwar hosted a grand opening ceremony ahead of their first home match against Kings XI Punjab to inaugurate the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on 8th April 2012, Sunday.

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Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a South African-born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for England, Surrey and played for Delhi Daredevils from 2012 to 2014.In IPL auction 2015 he was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad He was captain of the England Test and One Day International teams from 4 August 2008 to 7 January 2009 but resigned after just three Tests and nine One Day Internationals, following a dispute with England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked the same day. On 31 May 2012, Pietersen retired from all forms of international limited-overs cricket.

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Ross Taylor at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

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West Indies' Billy Doctrove has officiated the most number of IPL matches, with only one match ahead of Australia's Simon Taufel

As of 2012, thirty six umpires have officiated at least one Indian Premier League (IPL) match, a professional league for Twenty20 cricket in India. Of these, Billy Doctrove has officiated the most matches, serving as an umpire 44 times, while Shashank Ranade has officiated the fewest, serving in two matches of the 2009 season. As of the 2010 season, an umpire receives a 6 crore (US$910,000) salary for officiating during a season. The umpires are sponsored by Kingfisher Airlines whose branding is displayed on their uniforms. The recipient team of the Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award is also decided by the number of points given by the umpires in the league. The first match of the IPL was umpired by Asad Rauf and Rudi Koertzen, while the most recent match was umpired by Billy Bowden and Simon Taufel. Fifteen of the umpires are of Indian nationality, six are Australian, five are South African and three are from New Zealand. Only four men have served as IPL umpires in both the first season and the latest season, Doctrove, Rauf, Bowden and Aleem Dar; and 14 umpires have served in only one season.


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