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 2021 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 2021. Below is the detailed list of all IPL team owners and their respective sponsors.
|Chennai Super Kings||N. Srinivasan(India Cements)||Myntra, India Cements, Gulf, British Empire, SNJ 10000, Jio, Nippon Paint, equitas, Clear, BKT, Dream11, Fever FM, Hello FM, ASAP, Atlasware, Basics, Boat, Christy Textiles, Cover it up, Kaadoo, Klaygrill, Lamy, Levista, Lilliputhub, NAC Jewellers, nasher miles, SEVEN, Sonata and The Souled Store|
|Delhi Capitals||Kiran Kumar Gandhi (GMR Group), Parth Jindal (JSW Group)||JSW Group, Apollo Steel Tubes, Ebix Cash, Jio, Acko, OK Credit, Bond Tite, Bodycare, Nissin, Colgate, Dream11, livinguard, kotak, BKT, Western Digital, Boat, Coca Cola and Fancode|
|Punjab Kings||Mohit Burman (Dabur), Ness Wadia (Wadia Group), Priety Zinta (PZNZ Media), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surrendra Group)||Ebix Cash, BKT, Jio, Dream11, Boat, T10 Sports, Colgate, Coca Cola, Kingfisher, kotak, Fancode and Tech Mahindra|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Shah Rukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment), Jay Mehta, Juhi Chawla (Mehta Group)||MPL, Jio, Lux cozi, tv9, Astral Pipes, Colgate, Sampark, Fever 104 FM, kotak, Kingfisher, BKT, iB cricket, Bewakoof.com, Boat, cricfig, Wrogn, Gully, Suditi and The Souled Store|
|Mumbai Indians||Nita Ambani, Akash Ambani||Samsung, Marriott Bonvoy, Jio, Astral Pipes, Kingfisher, Usha, Colgate, Dream11, BKT, kotak, Boat, Performax, ESA, DNA, 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)||Yellow Panther, Sportz interactive, interactive avenues, epiphany, Jio, KEI Wires and Cables, Colgate, Kingfisher, Dream11, BKT, kotak, tv9 and Red Bull|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Anand Kripalu (United Spirits Limited)||Muthoot Fincorp, DP World, Myntra, Jio, Exide, Nuvoco, Astral Pipes, MPL, Max Life, Lifebuoy, Kingfisher, Make my trip, Nestle Milo, Wrogn, EUME, Mai Dubai, Medi Buddy, Boat, NVY, DNA, Royal Challenge, iB Cricket, Dark Fantasy, Dava India, ON, Swiggy Instamart and Rainbow|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kalanithi Maran (Sun Network)||JK Lakshmi Cement, Ralco Tyres, Jio, TCL, Dream11, Nerolac, Colgate, Jai Raj Steel, Red FM 93.5, Tyka, Fancode, Double Horse and kotak|
The 14th edition of the IPL will be conducted in the months of April and May, 2021 in India. As of now, five venues have been shortlisted for conducting the entire tournament. While IPL 2021 will begin behind closed doors, the question remains whether the rest of the tournament will have fans inside the stadium or not.
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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. The COVID-19 pandemic decreased the tournament’s brand value by 22% to $ 4.4 billion (approx 320 billion).
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 Punjab Kings.
The website ‘Case it Up’ also sells mobile covers, pop holders and jerseys related to the VIVO IPL 2021. 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.
|Afghanistan||Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA)|
|Bangladesh||Channel 9 and Gazi TV (GTV)|
|Caribbean||Flow Sports (Flow Sports 2)|
|India||Star Sports Network, Star Gold and DD Sports|
|Nepal||Net TV Nepal and SimTV Nepal|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport NZ (Sky Sport 2)|
|Sri Lanka||SLRC (Channel Eye), Dialog TV and PeoTV|
|United States||Willow TV|
|Online (Worldwide)||Disney+ Hotstar|
|Radio||Cricket Radio, 89.1 Radio 4 FM, Gold 101.3 FM, Talksport|
IPL 2021 will be the first-ever edition of the IPL that will be played in India with no crowds inside the stadiums (at least for the initial part of the tournament). IPL 2020 was entirely played behind closed doors but the tournament was conducted in the UAE. As a result, the 14th edition will be unique in its own course.
The newly-constructed Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, which has now eclipsed the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia as the world’s largest cricket stadium. It will host the IPL 2021 knockout games. This will be the first time that the cash-rich league will be played at what was known as the Motera stadium.