The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most extravagant and certainly the richest T20 leagues in the world. The IPL paved way for most of the T20 leagues across the planet, like the Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League to name a few.
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This competition has also given rise to a few T20 leagues in some states of India. Tamil Nadu Premier League, Karnataka Premier League, Mumbai T20 League and Saurashtra Premier League have been successfully launched.
The Indian Premier League was initiated in the year 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The inaugural edition saw 8 teams playing a double round robin league stage followed by the semi-finals and final.
The only change in the format is that the top four teams in the IPL 2020 points table play the ‘Playoffs’ that have replaced the traditional ‘semi-final and final’ knockouts.
As mentioned earlier, 8 franchises will be competing in IPL 2020. Below is the detailed list of all IPL team owners and their respective sponsors.
|Chennai Super Kings||N. Srinivasan(India Cements)||SEVEN, Muthoot, India Cements, Gulf Oil, British Empire, Clear Anti-Dandruff, Nippon Paint, Jio, Equitas, Boost, BKT, Dream11, EUME, Mai Dubai, Fast&Up, Fan Play, iB Cricket, NOVA, Hello FM, Fever FM, The Souled Store, SONATA, NAC Jewellers, nasher miles, Cover it up, Lilliputhub, boAt, ASAP, seven, KAADOO, SNJ|
|Delhi Capitals||Kiran Kumar Gandhi (GMR Group), Parth Jindal (JSW Group)||Sqad Gear, JSW Group, Ebix Cash, APL Apollo Steel Tubes, Jio, Cola Cola, BKT, boAt, Dream11, Fever 104 FM, NASHA 107.2 FM, paytm insider, OK Credit|
|Kings XI Punjab||Mohit Burman (Dabur), Ness Wadia (Wadia Group), Priety Zinta (PZNZ Media), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surrendra Group)||T10 Sports, Ebix Cash, Havells, Jio, Fena Detergent, Seagram’s Royal Stag, Coca Cola, Kingfisher, BK, Stylam and Dream11|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Shah Rukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment), Jay Mehta, Juhi Chawla (Mehta Group)||MPL, Jio, Lux Cozi, Royal Stag, Greenply, TV9, Colgate, Medimix, Mai Dubai, BKT Tyres, Kingfisher Calendar, tv9, LUX Cozi, ASTRAL pipes and Greenply|
|Mumbai Indians||Nita Ambani, Akash Ambani||Performax, Samsun, Colors, Marriott Bonvoy, ASTRAL pipes, ESA, Jio, Kingfisher, USHA, Colgate, William Lawson’s, Dream11, BKT, make my trip, boAt, Mai Dubai, DNA Networks, 91.1 FM Radio City, Fever 104 FM|
|Rajasthan Royals||Amisha Hathiramani (Tresco International Ltd), Manoj Badale (Emerging Media IPL Ltd), Lachlan Murdoch (Blue Water Estate Ltd), Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty (Kuki Investments Ltd), Shane Warne (Spinners)||Alcis Sports, TV9 Bharatvarsh, Niine, KEI Wires and Cables, Dream11, BKT, Kingfisher, Colgate, apis, ALCIS, City 101.6, Yello Panther, Sportz interactive, Interactive avenues, 92.7 Big FM, Red Bull|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Anand Kripalu (United Spirits Limited)||Wrogn Active, Muthoot Fincorp, DP World, Myntra, EXIDE, Jio, NUVOCO, Max Life and MPL|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kalanithi Maran (Sun Network)||TYKA Sports, JK Lakshmi Cement, RALCO Tyres, Valvoline, TCL, NEROLAC, Jio, Colgate, Jai Raj Steel, FANCODE, Double Horse, iB Cricket and Mai Dubai|
The 13th edition of the IPL was set to be conducted just three months before the T20 World Cup 2020. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCI postponed the tournament and announced the new IPL schedule.
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The IPL brand value is consistently on a rise every season. In 2016, the IPL was valued at $ 4.16 billion (approx INR 282 billion). It increased to $ 5.3 billion (approx INR 341 billion) in 2017, to $ 6.13 billion (approx INR 429 billion) in 2018 and $ 6.7 billion (approx INR 475 billion) in 2019.
The increase in brand value was 27.4% in 2017, 15.66% in 2018 and 9.3% in 2019. These statistics suggest that there will be an increase in 2020.
A lot of online stores like Amazon, Snapdeal and Flipkart among others sell unofficial jerseys of IPL franchises from INR 149 to INR 2,199. The Souled Store sells official merchandise of the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab.
The website ‘Case it Up’ also sells mobile covers, pop holders and jerseys related to the VIVO IPL 2020. TYKA and T10 Sports also sell such merchandise online.
Official merchandise is also sold at the home grounds of all the IPL franchises. For more official merchandise, check out the official websites of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team merchandise of CSK, MI, KKR, RCB and RR is also available on The Souled Store for online purchase.
Fans can watch any IPL live match on television from 16 different countries. If some of those miss out on either those regions or the channels there is the option of online broadcasters as well.
|Bhutan||Star Sports Network|
|Canada||Ethnic Channels Group, CricketGateway|
|India||Star Sports Network|
|Arab world||BeIN Sports|
|Nepal||Star Sports Network|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Sri Lanka||Star Sports Network|
Undoubtedly, the decision to host IPL in UAE rather than in India is the biggest change we will be seeing in the tournament this year. Adding to it will be the safety measures and new rules with respect to the pandemic. The 2020 IPL will be challenging for everyone including the players, hosts and the viewers.
Dream11 IPL 2020 will see a few new changes in the tournament. The world of international cricket has introduced ‘concussion substitutes’ during matches and the biggest T20 tournament in the world hasn’t held back this year either. For the first time in the history of the competition, there will be concussion substitutes in the IPL.
A trial of the third umpires checking the front-foot no-balls was conducted and it has been passed by the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. He has announced that the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League will have the third umpire check every ball for the front-foot no-ball to reduce the workload of the on-field umpires and use technology to the fullest.
There will also be an ‘All-Stars’ game three days before the inaugural match of IPL 2020. BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly, has announced that such a game will be played every year before the start of the tournament.
The decision of an All Stars game has not been taken since the postponement of the tournament yet.
It will be the first time that the IPL will not have any fans inside the stadiums. The UAE officials have not allowed any crowd to be inside the IPL stadiums for at least the first half of the tournament. It has been very different watching international and CPL games without any fans and the same will apply to the IPL matches as well.