Come April 4,2012 and the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League, shall get going. This cricket extravaganza is already generating considerable excitement and both, the participating teams and the fans, can't wait for the action to begin. This time the action is going to be bigger and already the demand for tickets is reported to be very high.Nine high voltage teams are participating.The total prize money is a whooping five million dollars, with the winner taking a cool two million dollars and the runner up getting one and a half million dollars.
The nine teams and their franchise owners are :
Mumbai IndiansMukesh Ambani
Royal Challengers Banglore Vijay Mallaya
Sahara Pune Warriors Subrata Roy
Chennai Super Kings India Cements
Deccan Chargers Venkatrama Reddy
Delhi Daredevils GMR Group
Kolkatta Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan & Jai Mehta
Kings XI Punjab Priety Zinta & Mohit Burman
Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra,Shilpa Shetty,Manoj Badale & Suresh Chellaram
The IPL was inaugrated in 2008 and is now in its fifth edition.The opening match of IPL-V is going to be between, two time winners Chennai Super Kings and 2010 runners up, Mumbai Indians, on April 4 at Chennai.There will be no Shane Warne this time to add his magic of taking a lowly placed team like Rajasthan Royals to the finals and becoming champions in the first IPL. Also there are again going to be no players from Pakistan.Also missing will be the dashing Yuvraj Singh.However the Tendulkars,Dhonis and the Kohlis will provide all the action.Australian captain Michael Clarke has signed up with Sahara Pune Warriors.
For nearly two months the rotten politics and the demeaning corruption stories will give way to cricket fever in the country. The centre stage will be dominated by IPL-V. The Twenty20 format will guarantee action packed matches
SetMax who have bought the television rights will be televising all the matches.
So lets all get set to set aside listening to all the everyday controversies and watching the live Twenty20 action of the IPL-V for the next sixty days.