IPL 2024: Preview, programme, schedule, teams and how to watch on BBC

IPL 2024: Preview, programme, schedule, teams and how to watch on BBC

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England white-ball captain Jos Buttler (striking) will play in his ninth consecutive IPL

Indian Premier League 2024

Coverage: Live commentary of more than 40 matches, including the final, on BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra. The BBC Sport website and app will also host commentary, live score updates and regular match reports.

The Indian Premier League – the world’s biggest franchise T20 tournament – returns for its 17th edition on Friday.

As usual, a host of stars are involved, but there are also some famous English names who are absent.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When does IPL 2024 start?

It begins on Friday, March 22, with defending champions Chennai Super Kings hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore at 14:30 GMT.

We could see MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli in the first match. Ranking.

What is the IPL 2024 schedule and when is the final?

India’s Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held between April 19 and June 1, meaning the full schedule has yet to be released.

The matches for the first two weeks have been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying that the rest will be announced in due course.

The date of the final is unknown, but probably the last weekend of May.

What is the format for IPL 2024?

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The teams are divided into two groups of five and each play 14 group games. They play the teams in their group once and the other group twice (home and away). The results form a table.

The playoffs begin with first vs. second from the group stage for a place in the final.

Third and fourth then play with the loser eliminated. The winner of this match faces the loser of the first playoff for the second final spot.

Are there new rules?

Only one. Players are now allowed to bowl two bouncers per over instead of one.

The sides will continue to name their squads after the draw, including five reserves. The “impact player” rule, which allows the use of one of these substitutes, is retained. The player coming in must be an Indian, unless the team has used its four foreign players.

Wide calls and no-ball calls can still be reviewed.

Which England players are in IPL 2024?

There are 12 English players signed with clubs, including a powerful Somerset goalkeeper Tom Kohler-Cudmore for the first time. Surrey universal Will Jacks might as well play as he wasn’t used last year.

However, there are many absentees.

Batsman Harry Brooke has retired after the death of his grandmother while bowling Mark Wood and Gus Atkinson and dough Jason Roy have given up on managing their workload.

Test captain Ben Stokes and batsman Joe Root opted out of the auction for the same reasons.

English Players in IPL 2024

Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingston, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes

Jos Buttler and Tom Kohler-Cudmore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Will Jacks, Reece Topley and Tom Curran

What other changes and stories are there?

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Mitchell Starc last played in IPL in 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has joined Kolkata Knight Riders for a record £2.3 million, while international team-mate Pat Cummins took over the captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

New Zealand multifaceted Rachin Ravindra (Chennai Super Kings) and Sri Lanka seamer Dilshan Madushanka (Mumbai Indians) and both are making their first appearance since the country’s impressive 50-plus World Cup run last year.

Mumbai and Chennai have five titles each and will be aiming to win a record sixth.

How to follow IPL 2024 on BBC

There will be commentary on more than 40 games, including the opener and final, on BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website and app (UK only).

You can get match alerts and wickets for your favorite team straight to your phone via the app, plus live scorecards for every match, top news and match reports on the website.

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