The fifth edition of lucrative Indian Premier League will kick-start with mouth-watering clash between defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the former's den on April 4, 2012.
According to the IPL 2012 schedule, the extravaganza will start with the opening ceremony at MA Chidambaram stadium on April 3, a day before the opening game.
IPL match schedule has returned to its inaugural format, which saw teams playing each other on home and away basis.
The nine teams in the fray will play 16 league matches each (eight matches at home and eight away) as per the new IPL schedule. The total tally of games in the IPL 2012 has increased to 76 from 74 in last year.
The playoff stage of the latest IPL schedule will begin on May 22 and conclude with the final match on May 27.
The playoff stage will have three matches before the final. The first two teams in the points table will lock horns in the first Qualifier on May 22 while the third and fourth placed teams will clash in the Eliminator on May 23.
The second Qualifier will be played between the winner of Eliminator and the loser of the first Qualifier on May 25.
In accordance to the new IPL rules, teams participating in IPL 2012 can have up to 33 players per squad from the existing number of 30. Now the IPL team can also have 11 foreign players in their squad instead of 10 in the IPL 2011 edition.