The Indian Premier League (IPL) created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
Top 100 facts of IPL
1. Indian Premier League (IPL) is the richest cricket tournament in the world.
2. BCCI is the organizer of IPL.
3. IPL was start on 18 April 2008.
4. The opening ceremony was taken place in Bangalore.
5. Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders was the first match of IPL.
6.. Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan was been present in the opening ceremony.
7. There was been some cheer leaders from USA to entertain the spectators in the opening day.
8. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly was been the captains of these two clubs.
9. IPL was been a Twenty20 format tournament.
10.Star cricketers from all over the world are going to play in Indian Premier League (IPL).
11. Schedule of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2008 was in this link.
12. Some South African players may miss a couple of matches as they had home duty.
13. The rates of advertisement for TV was a bit high.
14. The rights of official website had been sold for $50 million to a Canadian company.
15.BCCI announced the plan of IPL after ICL came into existence.
16. The people of Kolkata was perhaps see a battle of Shah Rukh Khan vs Mithun Chakraborty.
17. 8 clubs was playing in Indian Premier League 2008.
18.. No national cricket team was playing in IPL. So, fans had a tough time to decide which team to support.
19. Major cricket based websites like Cricinfo was a tough time to cover IPL matches.
20.. IPL matches was shown in all corners of the world.
21. A conglomerate comprising of India's Sony Television Network and World Sport Group from Singapore had bought the global broadcasting right of Indian Premier League (IPL) for US$1.026 billion for ten years.
22. Indian Premier League would be telecast live in almost every continent of the world in different television channels.
23. For the next five years meaning 2008-2012, IPL would get 20% of the money, while 72% would go to the eight franchises of IPL and 8% is allocated for prize money. After 2012, IPL would get a bigger share of the money.
24.. According to the deal, the consortium of Sony Television Network and World Sport Group was paid US$918 million to BCCI for the telecast right of IPL and US$108 million for promoting the tournament.
25. Ten Networks television channel of Australia would bring the IPL matches live in Australia for free to air.
26. In India, Sony SET Max would telecast the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches live for the Indian cricket fans.
27.. In Canada, Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN) had got the broadcast right of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. ATN operated CBN would telecast the matches of IPL live in Canada.
28.. Willow television was going to telecast all of the IPL's 59 matches live for the North American cricket fans.
29. Arab Digital Distribution (ADD) had secured the rights of telecasting IPL matches in different countries of the Middle East. The matches would be telecast live in ADD's ART Prime Sport television channel.
30. The cricket fans of UK and Ireland were going to enjoy the IPL matches live on Setanta Sports television channel.
31. All of the eight franchises had different owners, who bought the clubs for 10 years for a whopping sum of money.
32. In Indian Premier League, the eight participating clubs was based on different cities and provinces of India.
33. The eight teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) was- Bangalore Royal Challengers Squad (Bangalore franchise of IPL), Chennai Super Kings Squad (Chennai franchise of IPL), Deccan Chargers Squad (Hyderabad franchise of IPL), Delhi Daredevils Squad (Delhi franchise of IPL), Kings XI Punjab Squad (the Punjab franchise of IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders Squad (Kolkata franchise of IPL), Mumbai Indians Squad (Mumbai franchise of IPL) and Rajasthan Royals Squad (Rajasthan franchise of IPL).
34. Among the owners, there was business personalities, media personnel and Bollywood actors.
35. India's Business tycoon Dr. Vijay Mallya and his UB group was the owner of Bangalore Royal Challengers for which they spent second highest $111.6 million.
36. Mumbai Indians club of IPL was bought by Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Industries Limited for $111.9 million, which is the highest amount spent to buy an IPL club..
37. Chennai Super Kings was owned by India Cements and N Srinivasan for which $91 million was spent.
38. Deccan Chronicle, an English language newspaper published in Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, owns the Deccan Chargers, for which the newspaper spent a $107 million.
40. Actress Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur) are owners of Kings XI Punjab, for which they spent $76 million..
41.. GMR Holdings paid $84 million for the ownership of Delhi DareDevils.
42. Emerging Media: (Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram) owns the Rajasthan Royals club. It spent $67 million to become the owner of the club for 10 years and this was the lowest paid amount for an IPL team.
43. Kolkata Knight Riders was owned by Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jai Mehta. They paid $75.09 million to secure the ownership of the club for 10 years.
44. Though there was many star players from different cricket playing countries, there was no player from England in the first edition of Indian Premier League.
45. From selling the club ownership, Indian Premier League (IPL) got US$723.59 million from the auction of the bidding. The amount was way more than the base price of auction, US$400 million.
46. An Icon player did not take part in the auction of the players. Rather, they were selected by IPL authority to lead a particular team based on the city or province from where the icon players hail.
47. Five out of eight teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) have an icon player. The five teams that include an icon player each was Bangalore Royal Challengers, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Delhi DareDevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.
48.. The icon players was Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians, Yuvraj Singh for Kings XI Punjab, Sourav Ganguly for Kolkata Knight Riders, Virender Sehwag for Delhi DareDevils and Rahul Dravid for Bangalore Royal Challengers. V.V.S. Laxman was also offered to become the icon player for Deccan Chargers, but he rejected it thinking of the financial benefit of his club in the player auction.
49. The icon players was paid 15% more than the next highest paid players in their respective teams.
50. Shane Warne is the only foreign captain in the first season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
51. The captains of the eight IPL teams was Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians), Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata Knight Riders), Rahul Dravid (Bangalore Royal Challengers), Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Virender Sehwag (Delhi DareDevils), V. V. S. Laxman (Deccan Chargers) and Shane Warne (Rajasthan Royals).
52. Andrew Symonds becomes the highest paid foreign player. He was signed by Deccan Chargers for $1,350,000.
53. Kings XI Punjab spent highest amount of money in the player auction. The Punjab team spent $6,503,750 for including the stars like Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ramnaresh Sarwan etc.. Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the highest paid player of Indian Premier League as he signed for Chennai Super Kings for a whopping $1,500,000.
54. In IPL 2008, the first edition of the Indian Premier League, there would be 59 matches.
55. All of Indian Premier League (IPL) teams had a home ground.
56. The other teams also spent huge amount in the player bidding auction of Indian premier league (IPL). Bangalore Royal Challengers spent $5,795,000, Chennai Super Kings spent $6,225,000, Delhi DareDevils $6,372,500, Deccan Chargers spent $6,105,000, Rajasthan Royals spent $3,610,000, Kolkata Knight Riders spent $6,222,500, Kings XI Punjab spent $6,503,750 and Mumbai Indians $5,496,250.
57. In the group stage, each of the eight participating teams would play against each other twice; once at home and
58. The winners of the semi final round was face each other in the tournament final due to take place on 1 June.
59. The four teams with highest points earned after the end of the group stage was progress to the semi final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2008.
60. The semi final and the final match of the tournament was take place at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
61. The home grounds of the eight teams was- M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore for Bangalore Royal Challengers; Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh for Kings XI Punjab; Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi for Delhi Daredevils; Eden Gardens, Kolkata for Kolkata Knight Riders; Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur for Rajasthan Royals; MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai for Chennai Super Kings; Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad for Deccan Chargers. However, Mumbai Indians will play two different home grounds: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai and Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
62. Not more than two matches was take place in a day. If there was two matches scheduled in a day then the first match will kick off at 16:00 local time (10:30 GMT) and the second match will start at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT). However, if there was only one match then the match will kick off at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT).
63. Each of eight teas of Indian Premier League (IPL) consists of some local and some foreign cricketers.
65. Each of the players had come through a bidding process in the player auction, except the icon players.
66 If a player remains completely unavailable in the season or could not play 25% matches of his respective teams, then 25% of the player fee bid in the player action was not be counted within the $5 million mark set up by IPL for the participating teams.
67. According to the IPL rules, a team could not spent more than $5 million for buying players for 2008.
69. As per the IPL rules, each of the IPL teams might a squad of at minimum 16 players for the tournament.
70. Not more than 4 foreign players could be taken in the final XI of a match.
71. Each of the participating teams could include maximum 8 foreign players in the squad..
72. According to IPL rules, each of the teams must include at least four players from the catchment area. The catchment areas was decided on the basis of a player's registration with his local cricket association.
73. A squad must include minimum 4 under 22-year old players (as of 1 April of the season).
74. No Objection Certificate (NOC) must be required for a player from the cricket board of his country to take part in Indian Premier League.
75. A team must spend minimum $3.3 million on players' fees for 2008.
76. According to Cricket Australia, the regulatory body of cricket in Australia, no IPL franchise can in clude more than two Cricket Australia centrally contracted players and more than two players from each State Association in Australia.
77. Each of the IPL teams includes a catchment area from where it had to include at least four players. The catchment areas for each team was Mumbai (Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha), Bangalore (Karnataka, Goa and Services), Chennai (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Railways), Kolkata (Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and associate member Sikkim), Hyderabad (Hyderabad, Andhra and Orissa), Delhi (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh), Mohali (Haryana, Punjab, Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir) and Jaipur (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Baroda and Saurashtra).
78. Bangalore Royal Challengers had a 24-player squad in which 10 players were from abroad. There are four under 22 players in the squad.
79. Chennai Super Kings squad also comprises of 24 players in which there was 7 foreign players and 6 under 22 players.
80. Former Indian pace medium fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was the coach of Bangalore Royal Challengers.
81. Deccan Chargers squad includes 20 players in total in which 8 players was from abroad and 6 under 22 players.
82. Kepler Wessels was the coach of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2008 tournament.
83. There was 21 players in the Delhi Daredevils squad including 8 foreign players and 5 under 22 players.
84. F81. Kepler Wessels was the coach of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2008 tournament.
rmer Indian all rounder Robin Singh was the coach of Deccan Chargers.
85. Greg Shipperd is the coach of Delhi Daredevils team.
86. Former coach of Sri Lanka national cricket team Tom Moody was the coach of Kings XI Punjab.
87. Kings XI Punjab had a squad of 25 players in which 9 are from abroad. There are 8 under 22 players in the squad.
88. Former Australia national cricket team coach John Buchanan had been appointed as the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.
89. Kolkata Knight Riders includes 22 players in the squad including 8 foreign players and 6 under 22 players.
90. Indian Cricket League (IPL) had gained the approval of ICC.
91. Lalchand Rajput was the coach of Mumbai Indians team.
92. Rajasthan Royals includes 26 players in its squad in which there was 10 foreign players and 4 under 22 players.
93. Mumbai Indians squad consists of 27 players was including 8 players from abroad and 4 under 22 players.
94. DLF Universal, a real estate developer from India, has become the title sponsor of Indian Premier League (IPL) for five years for INR 200 crore (over US$50 million).
95. Former Australian great Shane Warne was be seen as both captain and coach of Rajasthan Royals.
96. From all the revenues of sponsorship rights, 40% was go to IPL, 54% was be given to the eight franchises, and the remaining 6% was be spent for prize money
97. Soft-drink company Pepsi had become the tournament's Official Beverage for five years by signing a deal of USD 12.5 million.
98. Hero Honda had come under a deal of US$22.5 million to become the associate sponsor of Indian Premier League (IPL) for five years.
99. Indian Premier League (IPL) offers a whopping Rs 12 crore prize money. The champion team of IPL 2008 would receive a cheque of Rs 4.8 crore. The runner up side will be awarded Rs 2.4 crore. Even the last placed team will be given Rs 40 lakh. The two losing semi finalists can get a cheque of Rs 1.2 crore each.. The fifth, sixth and seventh placed teams, as per the points achieved in group stage will be given Rs 80 lakh, Rs 70 lakh and Rs 50 lakh respectively.
100. Signing a five year deal for Rs. 106 crores (appx. US$ 26.5 million), Kingfisher Airlines had become the IPL's umpire partner by which the company could advertise in umpire's clothes and sponsor third umpire's decision during the matches for next five years.