IPL 9 (Indian Premier League 2016)
The Indian Premier League, also known as Vivo IPL 9, is ready to launch its ninth edition, which will be held from 9 April to 29 May, 2016. The Twenty20 cricket tournament is organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and follows the regulations of the IPL Governing Council.
The Indian Premiere League 2016 is being headed by Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of the league.
IPL matches are held all across the country. It has been a trend in the IPL that the city which bags the cup hosts the opening ceremony of the next series. As Mumbai Indians are the defending champions it is expected that the first match would be played in Mumbai. The opening ceremony is a gala event and like always this year too it is believed that Bollywood celebrities would give a scintillating performance.
- Sponsorship: Smartphone manufacturer Vivo will be the title sponsor of the ninth season of the league.
- Broadcasters: Sony Pictures Networks will be the official broadcaster of the tournament.
Participating Teams in IPL 9 2016
- Delhi Daredevils
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Kings XI Punjab
- Mumbai Indians
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Rising Pune Supergiants
- Gujarat Lions
Founded by the BCCI, the IPL held its first tournament in 2008. Till 2012, IPL was sponsored by DLF, but in 2013, Pepsi took over. Pepsi paid an amount of about $72 million for a contract of five years. However, in 2015, Pepsi pulled out as the sponsor of the mega tournament and instead Chinese smartphone maker Vivo bagged the IPL sponsorship for the next two years.
Spot fixing issues were raised against two teams - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. In 2015, these two teams were suspended for two years and two new franchises were established - Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.
Last Updated on : February 4, 2016