IPL 2023 Commences on 31st March; Deets Inside

As the two-month-long cricket extravaganza kickstarts on March 31 with the reigning champions Gujarat Titans facing Chennai Super Kings at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, here’s an update on changes the 16th edition underwent.

  • There will be an implementation of the ‘Impact Player’ rule as per which teams can substitute a player during the match.
  • Also, captains can announce their playing XIs after the toss, allowing them to select the best possible combination considering the conditions and other scenarios.
  • Like in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), teams can also use DRS to review wide and no-ball calls.

Let’s take a look at the players who will miss in action:

Bumrah who recently underwent back surgery in New Zealand and is likely to be out of action for another six months.

Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant who suffered injuries in a car cash towards the end of December 2022 is still recuperating.

England’s Jonny Bairstow has also been ruled out of IPL 2023 as the wicketkeeper-batter has failed to fully recover from the freak injury he picked up last September while playing golf.He has been replaced by uncapped Australian batting all-rounder Matthew Short.

Indian and Rajasthan Royals (RR) fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has been ruled out IPL 2023 with a lumbar stress fracture and has undergone surgery for the same.

As far as the broadcasting is concerned-

Star Sports Network will broadcast the IPL 2023 games on Television. Star paid a total of 23,575 crores to BCCI to purchase TV broadcasting rights in the Indian subcontinent for the next 5 years. Under the package, it will televise 74 matches in 2023 and 2024. It will broadcast 84 matches in 2025 and 2026, and then 94 matches will be broadcast live in the year 2027. So, like previous editions, Star Sports Network will broadcast IPL matches this year as well.

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