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Although we don’t have the IPL 2023 schedule yet, the bells have started to ring around the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A mini-auction took place in Kochi on December 23 and franchises splashed a lot of money on certain players. Sam Curran was the most expensive player in the history of IPL auction as Punjab Kings secured his services for a whopping amount of INR 18.5 crore.
Cameron Green was the second most expensive player with five-time champions Mumbai Indians bagging him for a huge sum of INR 17.5 crore. Ben Stokes was third in this list going to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 16 crore while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) broke the bank for England’s hard-hitting batter Harry Brook picking him up for INR 13.25 crore.
With the auction done and squads finalised, the fans are now waiting for the IPL 2023 schedule to be announced.
IPL 2023 schedule
The IPL 2023 schedule is yet to be announced officially. However, it has been reported that the much-awaited tournament, also known as the festival of cricket in India, is likely to start on April 1. With a tight international schedule and Test matches, including the World Test Championship (WTC) final, scheduled in the first couple of weeks in June, the BCCI will have to end the IPL by the end of May.
Gujarat Titans won IPL 2022 under the leadership of Hardik Pandya and it is very much likely that going by tradition, they will play the opening game of IPL 2023. The tournament is set to be played in the home and away format, unlike the last three seasons when it was either moved to the UAE or was played only at limited venues due to the emergence of the virus.
It is very much possible that the finalists of IPL 2022, Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans, will face off in the first game when IPL 2023 schedule releases.
IPL 2023 venues
There is a lot of excitement around the venues for the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since 2020, the T20 extravaganza hasn’t been played at all the venues in India. The BCCI had to suspend the 2020 edition for an indefinite period due to the virus and then conduct the entire season later in the year in the UAE behind closed doors.
The 2021 season witnessed the IPL returning to India only to limited venues. The tournament was yet again played inside the bio-bubble with limited to no crowds allowed. However, there were some breaches in the bio-bubble that led to the virus entering several teams’ squads and IPL 2021 had to be stopped mid-way during the second wave of the virus.
The second phase of IPL 2021 was then scheduled later in the UAE itself and it turned out to be a successful organisation yet again.
However, when it came to hosting the 2022 edition, the BCCI played it safe with COVID still around. The board didn’t wish to take any chances in terms of suspending the league midway and decided to host the entire season across four venues in Mumbai and Pune. Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai while MCA Stadium in Pune played hosts to the entire league stage of IPL 2022 was played by 10 teams.
On the other hand, the playoffs were played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In front of their home crowd, Gujarat Titans, in their debut season, managed to beat Rajasthan Royals and lay their hands on the elusive trophy.
With the IPL returning to home and away format finally, the T20 carnival will reach the home ground of all city-based franchises. The IPL matches will be played at the venues like Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Rajasthan. However, the distribution of a number of matches to a single venue will only be understood once the IPL schedule is announced.
With a total of 74 matches set to be played, all the teams will be playing only 14 matches in the league stage and not 18. Hence, the format will be the same as the 2022 season. In 2022, 10 teams were divided into two groups of five each. Group A comprised – Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, and Lucknow Supergiants. At the same time, Group B included teams like Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Punjab Kings.
The ready reckoner format was used once a decade back and the same format was back last season as well. The groupings were done as per IPL performance with MI in group A having won the trophy five times. Correspondingly, CSK in Group B has won the trophy four times.
Now, how does each team plays 14 league matches? Every team in one group faces the other four teams in its group twice which makes it 8 matches. Also, the first team in Group A will face the first team in group B twice and the rest of the teams once. For example, in 2022, MI in Group A faced CSK in Group B twice and the rest of the teams in group B once. This way, each team ended up playing 14 league games.
Having said that, it remains to be seen, how the organisers manage to allot IPL 2023 venue to all teams.
When will IPL 2023 start?
When will IPL 2023 start? It is a question that most fans have been asking since the riveting action at the auction table. The start date, end date, IPL fixtures and venues will be available on the official IPL website soon. A specific window is dedicated to the Indian Premier League every year ever since it was founded back in 2008. So far, 15 editions of the tournament have taken place successfully with Mumbai Indians being the most successful franchise ever. The IPL fixtures generally are scheduled between the month of March and May. It starts around the last week of March and is played till the last week of May. A few years down the line, the IPL may get extended till the first week of June as there will be a whopping 94 matches played in a season.
Reportedly, the IPL schedule is set to be announced soon and the fixtures could start from April 1 as India’s ODI series against Australia end on March 22.
When will the IPL 2023 Schedule be announced?
The IPL schedule for the 2023 season will be announced on the official website of the IPL. With the IPL auction taking place only recently, BCCI will be working on the IPL 2023 schedule soon. It will be a task cut out for the organisers in terms of distributing the home games to all 10 cities equally.
Before the IPL schedule comes out, let us take a look at the squads of all 10 teams for the 2023 edition:
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Yash Dhull, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Vicky Ostwal, Phil Salt, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudarshan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid, Khan, Rahul Tewatia Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Mandeep Singh, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen ul Haq, Yudhvir Charak
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis, Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshad Khan, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Nehal Vadhera, Raghav Goyal
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Shahrukh Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Baltej Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis, Finn Allen, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Will Jacks, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Joe Root, Donovan Ferriera, Adam Zampa, Kunal Rathore, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul PA
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abdul Samad, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Glenn Phillips, Abhishek Sharma, Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Karthik Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Heinrich Klaasen, Adil Rashid, Mayank Markande, Vivrant Sharma, Samarth Vyas, Sanvir Singh, Upendra Singh Yadav, Mayank Dagar, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Akeal Hosein, Anmolpreet Singh