The BCCI on Tuesday released the schedule for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) fixtures between April 6 and May 5.
The BCCI had earlier announced a provisional two-week initial schedule owing to the uncertainty surrounding the dates for India’s upcoming general election. With the Election Commission of India announcing the dates for the country’s general elections recently, the BCCI had released the schedule for the remainder of the league stage.
The schedule for the play-offs and the final are yet to be announced by the governing body. However, according to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the final of the IPL will be held at Chennai on May 12. The same report goes on to add that the first Qualifier will be held on May 7 followed by the Eliminator on May 8 while the second Qualifier will take place on May 10.
The format for the 2019 edition will follow the standard double round-robin approach of the eight franchises playing seven matches each at home and as many of them away.
Viewers in the UAE can catch all the 2019 IPL action on beIN Sports.
IPL COMPLETE LEAGUE STAGE SCHEDULE (EXCLUDING KNOCKOUTS)
Saturday, March 23
Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Sunday, March 24
Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 14:30 GST, Kolkata
Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
Monday, March 25
Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Tuesday, March 26
Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings – 18:30 GST, Delhi
Wednesday, March 27
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Kolkata
Thursday, March 28
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Friday, March 29
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals – 18:30 GST, Hyderabad
Saturday, March 30
Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians – 14:30 GST, Mohali
Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Delhi
Sunday, March 31
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 14:30 GST, Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Monday, April 1
Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Mohali
Tuesday, April 2
Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore- 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Wednesday, April 3
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
Thursday, April 4
Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad 18:30 GST, Delhi
Friday, April 5
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Saturday, April 6
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab – 14:30 GST, Chennai
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians – 18:30 GST, Hyderabad
Sunday, April 7
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals – 14:30 GST, Bengaluru
Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Monday, April 8
Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18:30 GST, Mohali
Tuesday, April 9
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Wednesday, April 10
Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
Thursday, April 11
Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings – 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Friday, April 12
Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Kolkata
Saturday, April 13
Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals – 14:30 GST, Mumbai
Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 18:30 GST, Mohali
Sunday, April 14
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings – 14:30 GST, Kolkata
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Hyderabad
Monday, April 15
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
Tuesday, April 16
Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals – 18:30 GST, Mohali
Wednesday, April 17
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings – 18:30 GST, Hyderabad
Thursday, April 18
Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians – 18:30 GST, Delhi
Friday, April 19
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 18:30 GST, Kolkata
Saturday, April 20
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians – 14:30 GST, Jaipur
Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Delhi
Sunday, April 21
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders – 14:30 GST, Hyderabad
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Monday, April 22
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Tuesday, April 23
Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Wednesday, April 24
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Thursday, April 25
Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals – 18:30 GST, Kolkata
Friday, April 26
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Saturday, April 27
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18:30 GST, Jaipur
Sunday, April 28
Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore – 14:30 GST, Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians – 18:30 GST, Kolkata
Monday, April 29
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab – 18:30 GST, Hyderabad
Tuesday, April 30
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Wednesday, May 1
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Capitals – 18:30 GST, Chennai
Thursday, May 2
Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
Friday, May 3
Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Mohali
Saturday, May 4
Delhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals – 14:30 GST, Delhi
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18:30 GST, Bengaluru
Sunday, May 5
Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings – 14:30 GST, Mohali
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders – 18:30 GST, Mumbai
The Australian batsman joined up with the squad on Monday ahead of the 2019 edition of the league.
“It’ll be great, makes things easier for me, batting with Jos,” Smith said during a live chat on Royals’ social media platforms.
“He’s an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world. I’m really excited to play with him.”
Smith underwent elbow surgery earlier this year and has been readying himself for action in the IPL.
“I’ll be hitting as many balls as I can, getting myself into a good rhythm. I started batting a couple of weeks ago back home and I feel like I’m hitting the ball really well.”
This season will hand Smith his first opportunity to shine in front of the Jaipur crowd. He joined Rajasthan in 2014 but only played in the UAE due to general elections. He then turned out for Rising Pune Supergiants as the Royals were banned for two years for spot-fixing.
A ball-tampering scandal with Australia mean Smith missed last season after the BCCI banned him for a year.
“I never actually got a chance to play in Jaipur with the Royals. I’m really excited about that. I’m sure the fans are going to come out in big numbers and support us.”
Just over a week remains for the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to get under way as the eight franchise get ready to battle it out for the top prize.
The biggest international and Indian stars will be on display in the month-long tournament which should serve as the perfect appetizer ahead of the World Cup.
There are, however, plenty of injury concerns for franchises heading into the competition. Here, we look at the major stars who are not completely fit currently.
STEVE SMITH – RAJASTHAN ROYALS
The suspended Australia batsman is making his return to the competition after missing out in 2018 due to his role in the ball-tampering controversy. The upcoming edition will be of significant importance for Smith given that it will serve as his preparation board for the upcoming World Cup.
However, the former Australia skipper is a major doubt for the early stages of the competition having just recovered from an elbow surgery. Smith had his elbow under braces for six weeks and it remains to be seen how quickly he can recover his match fitness after being sidelined for a significant spell.
SHAKIB AL HASAN – SUNRISERS HYDERABAD
The Bangladesh skipper will be the sole representative from his nation in the upcoming edition and is expected to play a major role for the Sunrisers. Although he has been granted a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to participate from the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Shakib is currently nursing a finger injury.
The all-rounder picked up the injury during the recent Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and was subsequently ruled out of the national team’s tour of New Zealand.
Shakib is expected to miss the early stages of the competition at least.
HARDIK PANDYA – MUMBAI INDIANS
The star India all-rounder has been a key performer for Mumbai Indians over the last four years. Pandya has only just resumed training after recovering from a back injury which kept him out of India’s recently concluded ODI series against Australia.
It is not the first time the all-rounder has had back trouble in recent times with the initial injury surfacing during the Asia Cup in September last year. With Pandya expected to play a crucial role for India in the World Cup, his workload is set to be carefully monitored in the IPL.
Although he might make his return to the cricket pitch soon, expect Pandya to be given a rest from time to time.
KANE WILLIAMSON – SUNRISERS HYDERABAD
The New Zealand skipper is doubtful for the early stages of the competition having sustained a muscle tear during his side’s second Test against Bangladesh. The injury had ruled out the Kiwi stalwart of the now cancelled final Test at Christchurch and it remains to be seen how quickly he can recover.
The injury was described as a rare but ultimately not a serious one by the New Zealand team management so hopefully Kane will be back in action soon. The right-hander’s superb captaincy was highly lauded during Hyderabad’s run to the final last year and he will be expected to play a big role in the upcoming edition as well.
SUNIL NARINE – KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Sunil Narine has become instrumental in Kolkata Knight Rider’s most successful campaigns in the IPL, but the West Indies all-rounder could miss the start of the tournament.
Narine has been struggling with a finger injury he picked up in the BPL and has subsequently missed the entire PSL. The Windies man was initially only expected to miss the early parts of the PSL and the latest development will concern the Kolkata management.
ANDRE RUSSELL – KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Narine is not the only Windies all-rounder whose fitness Kolkata are currently sweating on, with Andre Russell too being a major concern.
Russell has been plagued with knee issues in recent times and has suffered another recent setback in the T20 series between West Indies and England. The all-rounder was withdrawn from the squad just hours before the start of the first T20 after suffering an adverse reaction to a medical procedure he underwent in Dubai.
With both Narine and Russell on the injury boat, Kolkata have their task cut out in the early stages of the IPL.
AB DE VILLIERS – ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Royal Challengers Bangalore fans will be hoping some AB de Villiers magic can finally end their wait for a maiden IPL title, but the South African comes into the tournament with an injury cloud over his head.
The 35-year-old was recently in action in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Lahore Qalandars, but pulled out of the Karachi-leg of the tournament due to a back injury. How serious De Villiers’ injury is not known, but the South African did express his optimism about being fit in time for the IPL.