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IPL 2024: Indian Cricket Board set to release schedule for initial games, CSK will reportedly take on GT in first match

The eagerly awaited 17th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) is all set to kick off in Chennai. The opening match is scheduled for March 22, as confirmed by IPL chairman Arun Singh Dhumal.

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The eagerly awaited 17th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to kick off in Chennai. The opening match is scheduled for March 22, as confirmed by IPL chairman Arun Singh Dhumal. This edition is anticipated to be hosted entirely in India, despite the upcoming general elections.

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The IPL organisers have strategically planned a phased release of the schedule due to the upcoming general elections in 2024, ensuring that cricket enthusiasts can still revel in the excitement while respecting the national electoral process.

Speculation hints at a potential clash between the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans, the finalists of the preceding season, setting the stage for a thrilling start to the tournament. CSK, being the defending champions, has been bestowed with the honour of hosting the inaugural event.

Although the tradition of featuring finalists from the previous season in the opening match has been a staple, However, Dhumal refrained from confirming whether this would be the case for the March 22 contest.

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The board is set to broadcast the IPL schedule announcement!

To accommodate the electoral proceedings, the IPL plans to release a partial schedule on March 22 live around 5 p.m. IST. Initially unveiling the programme for the first 10–12 days, the complete fixture will be disclosed following the announcement of general election dates by the Election Commission of India, expected between the second and third weeks of March.

Arun Dhumal expressed optimism about avoiding any relocation of the league and suggested the involvement of more cricketing centres beyond the customary ten. The IPL is slated to culminate on May 26, offering fans an extended period of exhilarating cricketing action.

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As the anticipation builds for this season, the IPL's strategic scheduling and adherence to electoral considerations underscore the league's commitment to providing a seamless and entertaining experience for cricket enthusiasts across the nation.

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