IPL 2019 to be played from April 9-May 29; Pune, Rajkot replace suspended CSK, RR for two years

The IPL auction to take place on February 6 in Bengaluru.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015, 10:40 AM IST
IPL 2019 to be played from April 9-May 29; Pune, Rajkot replace suspended CSK, RR for two years

New Delhi: After the Indian Premier League (IPL) got its two new teams on Tuesday, the dates for the ninth edition was also confirmed.

IPL 2016 will be played from April 9 – May 29. The IPL auction to take place on February 6 in Bengaluru.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) awarded the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) teams to Intex and New Rising.

Mobile phone manufacturer Intex group will pay 10 crores for Rajkot, while Sanjeev Goenka-owned New Rising consortium​ will shell out 16 crores for Pune.

"People want to associate with cricket and IPL for reasons beyond money and economics," IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla told ESNPCricinfo.

Goenka is also the co-owner of Indian Super League's Kolkata franchise.

The teams were sold through the unique reverse bidding process for which the base price was set at Rs 40 crore and bidders had to quote an amount less than that. The lowest bidder was given the franchises.

The new team auction took place post the suspension of CSK and RR for the involvement some of their officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which was probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retd) R M Lodha committee.