The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a short-running T20 cricket competition held annually across sport-loving India. Founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008, it’s often regarded as the best short-overs tournament in the world, although Big Bash fans may disagree. There have been a total of eleven franchises compete in the competition since its inauguration. However, three are now defunct; clubs from Kochi, Hyderabad and Pune.
The IPL format is similar that of the Big Bash League, where each side plays each other twice, both home and away, with the top four sides qualifying for the finals. Unlike the Big Bash, however, first and second playoff in a grand final qualifier while third and fourth go toe-to-toe in a knock out preliminary final. The winner of the latter then faces the loser of the qualifying final with a spot in the grand final up grabs. All up, the competition has upwards of $8 million in prize money, with the champions pocketing around $3 million.
With franchise owners often having money to throw around, only the best players in world cricket are lured to star in the IPL. There are five ways that a franchise can obtain the services of a player; in the annual auction, signing domestic players, signing uncapped players, through trading and signing replacements.
Some of the team configuration rules are:
• A minimum squad of 16 players, plus one physiotherapist and a coach.
• No more than 11 foreign players in the squad and a maximum of four foreign players should be in the playing eleven.
• A minimum of 14 Indian players must be included in each squad.
• A minimum of six players from the BCCI under-22 pool must be included in each squad.
Of the eight franchises in the IPL, the Chennai Super Kings are the most successful with two championships (2010 & 2011) and three runners-up medals (2008, 2012 & 2013) already. The Indian cricket powerhouses have never missed out on a finals series, and Aussies Ben Hilfenhouse and Michael Hussey, have both experienced IPL glory with the successful franchise.
|2015||MUMBAI INDIANS||CHENNAI SUPER KINGS||41 RUNS|
|2014||KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS||KINGS XI PUNJAB||3 WICKETS|
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|2012||SUNIL NARINE||KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS||BOWLER|
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|2008||SHANE WATSON||RAJASTHAN ROYALS||ALL-ROUNDER|