Highlights: 10 Years of IPL
The 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be the tenth year of the top tier cricket tournament, the first match of the tournament will feature defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on three-time finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore. A total of 56 T20 league games will be played in this tournament. This will be followed by two qualifiers and an eliminator before the final in Hyderabad. Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Mohali, Rajkot and Kolkata will be the key centres in this tournament. However, some teams like Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab will play their ‘home’ games in neutral venues like Green Park, Kanpur and the Holkar stadium in Indore.Each team will play a total of 16 games, eight at home and eight away. The top four teams will qualify for the knock-outs, with the top two getting an extra benefit in the first qualifier. The winner of the first qualifier goes to the final while the loser will play the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier in order to reach the final.The organisers are preparing for a big celebration for the landmark edition.IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced on Monday that unlike past editions, the tenth edition will not exclude any fan from the celebrations as the league plans to host eight different opening ceremonies, one before the first home game of each franchise.“It would be unfair to say it was my idea. All the members sat together and decided to have separate opening ceremonies across all the host cities to give the fans an opportunity to witness the opening of the 10th edition of the IPL live,” Shukla was quoted as saying in a report by Cricketnext. “The various segments of the ceremony will be on our culture, the culture and tradition of the host cities as also highlighting the high points from the last nine editions of the tournament. We will also have performances from Bollywood stars, spirit of cricket signing, etc,” he said.