Some of the world’s best cricketers have been snapped up in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction for this year’s tournament.
All eight franchises made new signings to give their teams a fresh look ahead of the 14th edition of the 20-over cricket competition, to be held in India.
The auction saw all-rounders in demand with South African Chris Morris becoming the most expensive cricketer in the IPL Auction history.
When did the IPL 2021 schedule start?
Ever since its first tournament, in 2008, the IPL has tended to take place from April.
The first match of the 2021 tournament saw Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
The 2021 schedule sees a match played almost every day through April and May, concluding with the final on 30 May.
Eight teams will play each other twice before three qualifying matches, which sees first play second and the loser from that match play the winner of the third and fourth placed teams for a place in the final, where the IPL champions will be crowned.
Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are all involved.
Where is the 2021 IPL tournament taking place?
The Covid pandemic has had an impact on many aspects of life, including sport, and cricket is not immune to its effects.
In 2020, the IPL was moved from India to the United Arab Emirates so that the tournament could still go ahead while adopting virus measures.
But now, the Covid situation in India is changing - which has seen fans return to grounds, the IPL tournament will return to its home country.
How can I watch the IPL on TV?
The IPL 2021 cricket tournament is being televised on Sky Sports Cricket.
Sky customers can watch the action unfold live on the satellite television provider’s dedicated cricket channel, as part of the full sports package.
Sky Sports packages range from £18 per month for the dedicated Premier League and Football channels to £25 for the complete sports package.
Alternatively, viewers can purchase a day or month passes from NOW TV from £9.99.
Who is the most expensive IPL signing?
Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a record-breaking £1.6m in an auction which also saw England’s Moeen Ali sold to Chennai Super Kings for £700,000.
Royal Challengers Bangalore spent £1.5m on Kylie Jamieson and a further £1.4m on Glenn Maxwell, and the Punjab Kings spent £1.4m to secure the services of Jhye Richardson.
Krishnappa Gowtham was sold to Chennai Super Kings for £925k, Riley Meredith sold to Punjab Kings for £800k and the same franchise spent £525k on Shahrukh Khan.
Will any of England’s cricketers play in IPL 2021?
Ali will be one of 12 English players in the IPL after eight fellow internationals were retained by their respective franchises for the upcoming campaign.
Eoin Morgan, who captains England’s white ball teams, will feature for Kolkata Knight Riders and will face some of his international team-mates in the tournament.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler are part of the Rajasthan squad; Jonny Bairstow remains with the Sunrisers Hyderabad; Chris Woakes stays with Delhi Capitals; Chris Jordan with the Punjab Kings and Sam Curran will team up with Ali in Chennai.
Dawid Malan, who currently tops the ICC T20 batting rankings, will get his first experience of the IPL when he was picked up by Punjab Kings for £150k; Tom Curran (£500k) and Sam Billings (£200k) will join Woakes in Delhi.
Full squad list after IPL auction
Chennai Super Kings
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Narayan Jagadeesabn, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth
Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Chris Woakes, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Sumit Kumar
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Daniels Sams, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat
Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, Jason Holder, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav, Mujeeb ur Rahman
IPL 2021 full schedule
9 – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai
10 – Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Capitals, Mumbai
11 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai
12 – Rajasthan Royals v Punjab Kings, Mumbai
13 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, Chennai
14 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai
15 – Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals, Mumbai
16 – Punjab Kings v Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai
17 – Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai
18 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai
18 – Delhi Capitals v Punjab Kings, Mumbai
19 – Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai
20 – Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians, Chennai
21 – Punjab Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai
21 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super King, Mumbai
22 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai
23 – Punjab Kings v Mumbai Indians, Chennai
24 – Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai
25 – Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai
25 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals, Chennai
26 – Punjab Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Ahmedabad
27 – Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ahmedabad
28 – Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi
29 – Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, Delhi
29 – Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders, Ahmedabad
30 – Punjab Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ahmedabad
1 – Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Delhi
2 – Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi
2 – Punjab Kings v Delhi Capitals, Ahmedabad
3 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ahmedabad
4 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, Delhi
5 – Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, Delhi
6 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Punjab Kings, Ahmedabad
7 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings, Delhi
8 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals, Ahmedabad
8 – Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, Delhi
9 – Chennai Super Kings v Punjab Kings, Bengaluru
9 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata
10 – Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, Bengaluru
11 – Delhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata
12 – Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Bengaluru
13 – Mumbai Indians v Punjab Kings, Bengaluru
13 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata
14 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals, Kolkata
15 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings, Bengaluru
16 – Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata
16 – Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, Bengaluru
17 – Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata
18 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, Bengaluru
19 – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Punjab Kings, Bengaluru
20 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, Kolkata
21 – Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bengaluru
21 – Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata
22 – Punjab Kings v Rajasthan Royals, Bengaluru
23 – Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals, Kolkata
23 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata
25 – QUALIFIER 1, Ahmedabad
26 – ELIMINATOR, Ahmedabad
28 – QUALIFIER 2, Ahmedabad
30 – FINAL, Ahmedabad