Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders to kick off the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League which will see a new play-off system, according to the schedule released by the IPL governing body on Thursday.
The schedule for the 10-team league is, however, subject to final approval in view of the state elections scheduled to be held around that time.
"We are aware that the state assembly elections are planned in a number of the host cities. We are consulting the authorities and will confirm the schedule as soon as we are able to do so.
"In the meantime we have decided to release the provisional schedule to satisfy the massive level of interest in IPL across the country," said Chirayu Amin, chairman of the IPL governing body.
Chennai's M A Chidambaram Stadium would host the opening encounter on April 8 as well as the final on May 28 along with one play-off qualifier while Mumbai would host the second qualifier as well as the lone eliminator in the new format of the Twenty20 league.
As per the schedule, the 10 teams -- including the two new franchises Kochi and Pune - would play a total of 74 matches at 13 venues spread over 51 days.
To qualify for the final, the top four teams in the league will have to negotiate a new play-off system that has been introduced for the 2011 season.