The most Important Update regarding 2019 Edition of IPL is that it will start on 23rd March as per a latest media release by BCCI today. Also, the date of the Final has not been yet confirmed by BCCI but it is expected to be played in the first week of May.
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The tournament will be played in India with a new format. The Tournament will coincide with the National Elections and hence the matches will not be played on Away-Home basis. The tournament is likely to be palyed in a Caravan format with a small group of 8 venues.
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The dates & venues will be disclosed after the announcement of National Election Dates. But the likely venues which are in fray for hosting IPL this year are: Dharamshala, Ranchi, Mohali, Vishakhapatnam, Pune. Also, venues like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai & Banglore are to be avoided due to security concerns in latter part of the tournament.
According to a news report emerging from BCCI, each team will have 3 Home matches this season with last year winners Chennai Super Kings to host opening match of the season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chennai on 23 March. Also, BCCI is going to rest key Indian players in-between the tournament with Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar along with Shami & Khaleel expected to be rested for most of the times to keep them fresh for World Cup 2019.