IPL 2024 unveils initial schedule: 21 matches set to start from March 22 to April 7

An interesting development is that Capitals will not play any games at their home ground, Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla, during the March 22-April 7 period.

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By Omar | Feb 24, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The IPL has revealed a partial schedule, outlining the first set of 21 matches scheduled between March 22 and April 7. The IPL final is projected to occur on May 26, with only a brief five-day gap before the commencement of the men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean on June 1. The release of the second half of the tournament’s schedule is contingent upon the announcement of dates for the national elections by the Election Commission of India, expected to take place in April and May.

The preliminary schedule includes four double-headers, with two scheduled on the opening weekend. On March 23, Punjab Kings will host a day match against Delhi Capitals, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders hosting Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens. March 24 will witness Rajasthan Royals playing their first game against Lucknow Super Giants, and Hardik Pandya’s Mumbai Indians initiating their campaign with an away fixture against Gujarat Titans, his former team.

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An interesting development is that Capitals will not play any games at their home ground, Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla, during the March 22-April 7 period. These games will be relocated to the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. ESPNcricinfo understands that the Delhi and District Cricket Association informed the IPL governing council about potential venue unavailability due to hosting 11 Women’s Premier League matches, including the final, until March 17.

Within this 17-day window, Capitals, Titans, and RCB are scheduled to play five of their 14 matches. KKR is set to play only three matches, while all other franchises have been assigned four games. Punjab Kings might play their home games at a new venue, Mullanpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh, instead of their traditional home in Mohali.

The tournament’s opening day is expected to mark the return of MS Dhoni to action. Dhoni is scheduled to arrive in Chennai in the first week of March for training. After undergoing knee surgery post-leading CSK to the title win over Titans in a rain-hit two-day final in Ahmedabad last season, Dhoni hasn’t played competitive cricket since. The tournament will also witness Hardik Pandya’s return to Mumbai Indians, this time as captain, after two seasons with Titans, whom he led to a title win in their inaugural year. Rishabh Pant is also anticipated to make a comeback to competitive cricket following a serious car accident in December 2022. In total, 74 games will be played, including four playoff matches.

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