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Your Guide to IPL 7 Twenty20 - April 16 to June 1

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If it is April, cricket fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate. It is the month for Indian Premier League Twenty20. This year, the seventh edition of IPL (IPL 7) gets under way on April 16.

Schedule; Squads

Due to the general elections in India, BCCI had to move the first phase of IPL 7 to United Arab Emirates (UAE). From April 16 to 30, matches will be held across three venues in UAE. India will host matches from May 2 to June 1.

Your Guide to IPL 7 Twenty20

Here are some of the important facts and figures about IPL 7

Number of teams: 8

Start date: April 16, Abu Dhabi; Final: June 1, Mumbai

First match: Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 8 PM IST, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

First phase of matches (UAE): April 16 to 30

Second and final phase (India): May 2 to June 1

Total number of matches: 60

Match times: 4 PM IST, 8 PM IST

Total number of players: 178 (60 overseas)

66 players will play for same side as they did in 2013 (24 players retained by franchises, 13 players acquired through Right to Match cards at auction, 29 purchased at auction)

Number of players bought in auction: 154 (50 overseas - 80 capped, 74 uncapped)

Costliest player at the auction: Yuvraj Singh (RCB) Rs 14 crores

Teams with number of players (178)

CSK - 20; MI - 21; RCB - 21; KKR - 21; KXIP - 23; SRH - 24; DD - 23; RR - 25 - Total 178

The 8 captains (5 Indians)

Rohit Sharma - MI; MS Dhoni - CSK; Virat Kohli - RCB; Shikhar Dhawan - SRH; Gautam Gambhir - KKR; George Bailey - KXIP; Kevin Pietersen - DD; Shane Watson - RR

Host cities - 13

Abu Dhabi - 7 Matches; Ahmedabad - 4 Matches; Bangalore - 5 Matches; Chennai - 4 Matches; Cuttack - 2 Matches; Delhi - 5 Matches; Dubai - 7 Matches; Hyderabad - 4 Matches; Kolkata - 4 Matches; Mohali - 3 Matches; Mumbai - 7 Matches; Ranchi - 2 Matches; Sharjah - 6 Matches

Grounds - 13

Barabati Stadium, Cuttack; MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai; M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore; Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai; Eden Gardens, Kolkata; JSCA Stadium, Ranchi; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi; PCA Stadium, Mohali; Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad; Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad; Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah; Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Past Champions

2008 - RR; 2009: Deccan Chargers; 2010: CSK; 2011: CSK; 2012: KKR; 2013: MI

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