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IPL 2024 Schedule Announcement Live Updates: Blockbuster fixtures of all 10 teams to be unveiled today!

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IPL 2024 Schedule Announcement Live Updates: In just a little while, the BCCI is set to unveil the much-awaited schedule of the IPL 2024. Set for its 16th season, the Indian Premier League promises to be bigger and better than ever. And although there is a possibility that not all fixtures might be revealed today, realisation strikes that we may be just a month away from Indian cricket’s biggest T20 carnival. After all, it feels just last month that Ravindra Jadeja struck a boundary off the last ball to take Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL title, but the fact remains that it’s been 8 long months to that epic night in Ahmedabad. Guess that’s what the IPL does – leave an ever-lasting impact.

The IPL 2024’s biggest roadblock was the fact that it is expected to clash with the general elections. Twice has it happened previously, and it led to scattered decisions. The 2009 edition was moved entirely to South Africa, whereas in 2014, the IPL was played in two halves – the first in the UAE and the other back in India. In 2019 though, the two events did not collide, and hence the IPL, starting March 23, was played entirely in India. This year too, while there were speculations, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal clarified once and for all that the IPL will not be moved abroad, but the full picture will only be painted once there is more clarity.

Back to the cricket. This year’s IPL has so much to look forward to. Mumbai Indians have a new captain in Hardik Pandya and Gujarat Titans has Shubman Gill. And of course, the big swansong of MS Dhoni. The Chennai Super Kings captain said last year that winning the IPL in 2023 would have been the perfect time for him to retire but he plans on coming back for one last run ‘next year’. Cut to 2024, here we are. In what is Dhoni’s final season in all probability, MSD is rocking shades of when he burst on to the scene. He has grown his hair like it was in the mid-2000s is likely to play with BAS as his bat sticker. Only Dhoni is capable of such meaningful and priceless gestures.

Moving on to CSK’s biggest rivals, the Mumbai Indians have already created headlines even before the start of the tournament. In fact, they created ripples on December 15, 2023 itself when they announced Hardik the new captain of the franchise, replacing Rohit Sharma. The decision created a social media storm with truckloads of MI and other fans spamming their franchise’s timelines and being vocal with their displeasure. But it is what it is. The team felt that now is the right time for MI, who have gone without a title for three seasons, to make the transition, and once Hardik came on board, they just knew who it was going to be. In fact, according to reports, Hardik’s stipulation for his return to MI was allegedly a guarantee of captaincy.

Outside of MI and CSK, the biggest factor heading into the IPL 2024 are the auction, that took place on December 19, where Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh struck gold. The Australian pace-bowling duo smashed records, with Cummins becoming the first player to surpass the 20-crore margin, eventually heading to Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, even before the news if Cummins’ record-breaking deal could reach to all parts of the world, it was bettered by Starc, who became the costliest player of all time, with KKR splurging a gobsmacking ₹24.75 crore on him. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel emerged as the most expensive India, with Punjab Kings shelling out ₹11.75 crore.

So yeah, the stage is set. Will Cummins, Starc be able to live up to the expectations? Who will be this year’s breakout star? Which two teams will play the IPL 2024 opener. The first step towards answering all these questions will be taken today at 5PM.

Below are a few important pointers related to the IPL 2024 Schedule Announcement:

– The schedule will be announced today at 5PM.

– The entire schedule is not likely to be unveiled.

– The IPL 2024 is expected to begin on March 22.

– The opening fixture could be between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans.

– The entire IPL 2024 will take place in India.

This Article Was Originally Published on Hindustantimes News!

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