The dates for the first two weeks of the 2019 Indian Premier League have been announced by the organisers, with defending champions Chennai Super Kings playing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener on 23 March in Chennai.
- Schedule for the first two weeks of the 2019 IPL announced.
- Defending champions Chennai Super Kings to play Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener on 23 March in Chennai.
- Schedule for the rest of the league to be announced after Lok Sabha election dates are released.
Schedule for only the first 17 matches however have been announced so far with all teams playing a minimum of 4 matches but Delhi and Bangalore playing five each. Every team will play a minimum of 2 home and 2 away games with Delhi playing 3 home matches and Bangalore getting 3 away games.
The official release however also said that the scheduled was subject to change once India’s Lok Sabha elections dates are announced.
“Once these (Lok Sabha 2019 election dates) have been released BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.” the statement read.
While the weekends will have double-headers but the schedule doesn’t clarify whether the BCCI will continue with the usual 4pm (afternoon) and 8 pm (evening) format or there will be a change in timing.
IPL 2019 Schedule
- 23 March: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Chennai)
- 24 March: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Afternoon game in Kolkata) and Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (Evening game in Mumbai)
- 25 March: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab (Jaipur)
- 26 March: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings (Delhi)
- 27 March: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab (Kolkata)
- 28 March: Royals Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians (Bengaluru)
- 29 March: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals (Hyderabad)
- 30 March: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians (Afternoon game in Mohali) and Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Evening game in Delhi)
- 31 March: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royals Challengers Bangalore (Afternoon game in Hyderabad) and Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals (Evening game in Chennai)
- 1 April: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals (Mohali)
- 2 April: Rajasthan Royals vs Royals Challengers Bangalore (Jaipur)
- 3 April: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings (Mumbai)
- 4 April: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Delhi)
- 5 April: Royals Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Bengaluru)