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The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.

Franchises retained 123 players 8th IPL season before moving into auction. The released players provided an option to register themselves for auction. 6 Players were transferred across teams before the auction took place. In the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction held on February 16 at Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16 crores INR, for a record bid in IPL auction history. A total of 67 players were sold out in the auction and all franchises spent total of 87.60 Crores to buy players.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

BCCI in talks with SL board to diffuse crisis

A day after Sri Lanka'sports minister issued a diktat to its cricketers to quit the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway and return home by May 5 to prepare for the England series starting from May 14, the Indian cricket board said it is trying to sort out the tricky issue with the Sri Lankan board (SLC). "We are in talks with the Lankan board and we hope to find a solution to this crisis soon," a top BCCI official told TOI on Wednesday. 

According to IPL rules, if a player misses a series of games, he won't be entitled to get paid for those matches. However, the issue is not about money.

IPL team owners are worried that if their top Lankan players miss the business end of IPL, it would affect the balance of their sides. Imagine Mumbai Indians trying to fire on the home stretch without the in-form Lasith Malinga; or Koch Tuskers playing without their captain Mahela Jayawardene and Deccan Chargers without skipper Kumar Sangakkara.

When the auction took place in January this year, the teams were told that the Lankans would be available till May 22 and team combinations were formed on that assurance. Now, if the Lankan sports minister doesn't change its mind, the teams will have a lot to complain about, which could also lead to tension between the Indian and Lankan boards. 

Sri Lanka are scheduled to play their fist Test match in England from May 26 and BCCI is hoping that some of the top Lankans players will stay back till the end-the IPL final is on May 28. "We share a good rapport with the SLC. We will sort out this issue," the BCCI official said.

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