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IPL: World’s most Expensive cricket league kicks off on March 23.Defending Champions CSK takes on RCB on the Opener.

The 2019 IPL starts with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 23 .

The schedule for the first 14 days of the tournament was made public on Tuesday , listing out the first 17 games , which may take place over two weeks . Within this period , six of the sides are going to feature in four games apiece , with Bangalore and Delhi Capitals playing five of their league fixtures , and all sides will have two home fixtures , with only Delhi hosting three games .

It was heavily rumoured that the IPL could take place outside India due the Lok Sabha Elections. There were places like South Africa and UAE being considered to host this season of the IPL. However, the first 17 matches are due to take place in India as announced by the BCCI. If the election dates clash with the IPL then it is extremely likely that the second part of the tournament could take place outside of India. In 2009, the whole season of the IPL was hoted in South Africa while in 2014 a part of the tournament took place in UAE.

“Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” a statement on the IPL website said.

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