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The IPL 2023 carnival begins today with new rules amid super excitement

Captains Group Photo ahead of IPL 2023 Official Launch today – Photo IPLT20

The highly anticipated IPL 2023 is finally here, commencing at 7:30 pm today, promising a two-month-long festival for cricket enthusiasts.

The opening match features a thrilling face-off between the star-studded defending champions, Gujarat Titans, and four-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

With non-stop cricketing action lined up for the next 52 days, from March 31 to May 28, fans are urged to gear up for the excitement.

This year’s IPL boasts 10 teams competing in 74 matches across 12 venues. The schedule includes 18 double headers, culminating in the crowning of a single winner.

The first match, beginning at 7:30 pm IST, will see more than one lakh fans cheering on MS Dhoni and his team.

The game will be broadcast live on Star Sports and JioCinema, ensuring cricket fanatics don’t miss a moment of the exhilarating action.

As the most significant event in the cricket calendar, IPL 2023 promises to deliver a spectacular experience, with the reigning champions Gujarat Titans eager to defend their 2022 title.

This exhilarating cricket carnival is set to captivate audiences for the next two months, showcasing the very best of the sport.

IPL 2023 Match 1 Details

IPL Match Today: CSK vs GT – Match 1

Match Date: Friday March 31

CSK vs GT Match Timing: 10am EST | 2pm GMT | 7:30pm Local IST

Match Venue Today: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

IPL Fan Parks are back

The IPL 2023 marks the revival of IPL Fan Parks after a three-year hiatus. Originally launched by the BCCI in 2015, this year’s edition will feature Fan Parks in 45 cities, covering over 20 states and 2 Union Territories, including Surat, Madurai, Kota, Hubli, and Dehradun.

The initiative aims to offer cricket enthusiasts a thrilling and engaging community-viewing experience throughout different regions in India.

Fan Parks for IPL 2023

Opening Ceremony for IPL 2023

The upcoming IPL opening ceremony promises to be a night for the ages, featuring three spectacular acts that will captivate the audience with their extraordinary performances.

Kicking off the show, Arijit Singh and his troupe will mesmerize attendees with their breathtaking vocal prowess.

South Indian cinema and music have garnered international acclaim, setting world records and showcasing exceptional talent on a global stage.

In recognition of this success, the Tata IPL will celebrate these accomplishments with two of India’s most beloved stars and youth icons, Rashmika Mandanna and Tamannaah Bhatia.

These gifted performers will ignite the stage with their stunning dance numbers, leaving the audience in awe of their moves.

Chanda Singh, Director of TCM Platform and CEO of XP&D, expressed enthusiasm for the 16th season of the TATA IPL 2023, anticipating a renewed energy from both players and cricket fans nationwide.

To cater to this excitement, the organizers have crafted a show that blends cutting-edge technology and sensational performances for a truly unforgettable experience.

The lineup of remarkable performers will create a harmonious fusion of music and dance, while the IPL’s inaugural drone show will illuminate the night sky with breathtaking 3D formations above the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Chanda also highlighted the importance of innovation in this 16th edition of the IPL.

Alongside the lineup of gifted performers, the organizers have introduced a groundbreaking feature: a fleet of 1,500 drones that will soar above the stadium, creating a spectacular aerial display never before seen in the IPL’s history.

New Rules for IPL 2023 Season

The 2023 season introduces several new rules, with the most significant one being the introduction of the Impact Player.

This rule allows teams to substitute a player at any point during the game.

Indian players are eligible for this role, while overseas players can only assume it if the team has not already filled its quota of four overseas players in the starting lineup.

In order to accommodate this change, the coin toss rules have been modified. Captains can now confirm their starting lineup after the toss, giving them the flexibility to choose their lineup based on whether they will bat or bowl first.

However, some remain skeptical about the effectiveness of this change.

Delhi Capitals head coach and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting argues that this rule undermines the role of all-rounders.

He contends that, unless these players are exceptional and can be selected solely for their batting or bowling skills, all-rounders who might have played at No. 7 and bowled an over or two will become less relevant, as teams no longer require such versatile players.

Another significant amendment is the introduction of a time penalty to regulate over rates. Similar to international T20 and one-day international cricket, the number of fielders outside the 30-yard circle will decrease if the fielding team fails to complete its overs within the allotted time.

Additionally, the IPL will make history in its broadcasting, as two separate broadcasters will cover the event, marking the first time Indian cricket has employed multiple broadcasters to reach audiences.

Rule Changes summary:

  • Introduction of Impact Player: Teams can substitute a player at any point during the game. Indian players are eligible, while overseas players can only assume this role if the team has not filled its quota of four overseas players in the starting lineup.
  • Modified coin toss rules: Captains can now confirm their starting lineup after the toss, allowing them to choose their lineup based on whether they will bat or bowl first.
  • Concerns over all-rounders’ roles: Some believe the Impact Player rule could diminish the importance of all-rounders, as teams may no longer require versatile players who can bat and bowl.
  • Time penalty for over rates: A time penalty has been introduced to regulate over rates. Fielders outside the 30-yard circle will decrease if the fielding team fails to complete its overs within the allotted time.
  • Multiple broadcasters: For the first time in Indian cricket, two separate broadcasters will cover the IPL, expanding the reach of the event to audiences.

IPL 2023 Venue, Groups

The T20 cricket extravaganza will be played across 12 venues with the Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the opener on March 31, and the final of the tournament will also be played at the same venue in Ahmedabad on May 28.

A total of 12 venues will host the IPL 2023 matches, including Mohali, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mumbai, Guwahati (Royals’ second home) and Dharamsala (Kings’ second home).

Also See: IPL Live Score for Today Match | IPL Match Result | Today IPL Match Prediction

For the first time since 2019, the league will return to its customary home-and-away schedule in India, where each team will play a total of 14 games.

Each team will have home support, playing at their respective home grounds in seven matches, while they will play the remaining seven matches at away venues.

The matches will be played on two timings, with the day matches starting at 3:30 pm IST and the night matches beginning at 7:30 pm IST.

The IPL 2023 will see teams being divided into two groups – Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, and Lucknow Super Giants in Group A, while Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Gujarat Titans are in Group B.

With the tournament starting, cricket enthusiasts across the world are eagerly looking forward to another exciting season of IPL.

Everything you need to know about 10 Teams participating in IPL 2023

Chennai Super KingsCSK Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Delhi CapitalsDC Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Gujarat TitansGT Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Kolkata Knight RidersKKR Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Lucknow Super GiantsLSG Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Mumbai IndiansMI Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Punjab KingsPBKS Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Rajasthan RoyalsRR Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Royal Challengers BangaloreRCB Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad
Sunrisers HyderabadSRH Team, Schedule, Match Dates & Squad

How and Where to watch IPL 2023 on TV and Online

As fans eagerly anticipate experiencing the spectacle up close, some may not have the opportunity to attend in person, especially the substantial number of IPL viewers from abroad. In India, Star Network will handle TV broadcasting, while JioCinema takes charge of digital streaming. For international audiences, various entities have secured distribution rights to ensure the tournament’s accessibility across the globe.

IPL 2023 Live Telecast: Complete Television Channel List for outside India

United KingdomSky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Main Event
United StatesWillow TV
AustraliaFox Sports
South AfricaSuperSport
New ZealandSky Sport
PakistanYupp TV
Middle EastTimes Intenet
CaribbeanFlow Sports (Flow Sports 2) 
CanadaWillow TV
BangladeshGazi TV
AfghanistanAriana Television Network
NepalStar Sports, Yupp TV
Sri LankaStar Sports, Yupp TV
MaldivesStar Sports, Yupp TV
SingaporeStar Hub

How to Watch IPL Live Streaming Online

JioCinema, Yupp TV, Foxtel and StarHub will provide digital streaming services to the overseas viewers of IPL 2023. Also See: full list for IPL Live Streaming (TV, Web / Online and Mobile)

So, where can the cricket-crazy fans of India catch the action live? Here’s everything you need to know:

Where to watch IPL 2023 live on TV in India?

All the matches of the IPL 2023 will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3, and Star Sports 3 HD channels in India.

Where to watch IPL 2023 live streaming?

Live streaming of IPL 2023 will be available on Jio Cinema.

Where to watch the regional telecast for IPL 2023?

The entire IPL tournament will be broadcast live in multiple regional languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada on various channels of Star India.

Where to watch the regional live streaming for IPL 2023?

Everyone will be able to catch the new season in 12 languages. They can easily switch from one to the another on the Jio Cinema app. 

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