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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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The 2011 Indian Premier League season, abbreviated as IPL 4 or the IPL 2011, was the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, the top Twenty20 cricket league in India. The tournament was hosted in India and the opening and closing ceremonies were held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The season ran from 8 April to 28 May 2011. This season the number of teams in the league went from eight to ten with the additions of the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The tournament was won by the Chennai Super Kings for the second successive season, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final in Chennai, with the winning team's Murali Vijay being named Man of the Match. With this win Chennai Super Kings became the only team to have won the IPL on more than one occasion. Despite Bangalore failing to win the title, one of the team's players, Chris Gayle was named as the tournament's best player. He scored 608 runs in twelve innings – the most in the tournament – as well as picking up eight wickets, having joined the team after the start of the season due to an injury to another overseas player, Dirk Nannes. Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga set a new record for most wickets taken within an Indian Premier League season, claiming 28 wickets during the campaign, but Mumbai had to settle for third place in the tournament, having lost to Bangalore in the second qualifier. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai represented India in the Champions League 2011 tournament in September. The Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award was again won by the Chennai Super Kings for topping the fair-play table.

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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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Manpreet Gony during the 2008 IPL season.

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  • ... that in 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube?
  • ... that Chennai Super Kings has won the IPL two times along with KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS, more than any other team?
  • ... that Kochi Tuskers Kerala was terminated from IPL because of breaching the BCCI's terms of agreement?
  • ... that Delhi Daredevils launched their anthem "Munday Dilli Ke" on the video sharing site YouTube?
  • ... that in 2010, Rajasthan Royals were terminated by the BCCI for a brief period because of violations in terms of agreement, but were allowed to play in the league soon after the Board lost the case in the Supreme Court?

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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 INR6 crore (US$940,000) 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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