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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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dilshan to reach England by May 11

"He will be there on May 11," Nishantha Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, said, confirming the news.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka's newly-appointed captain, will leave the IPL early & join the national squad in England on May 11, days ahead of the first tour game against Middlesex. The decision was reached after negotiations between the BCCI & Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in the last week.

The development was positive as far as Dilshan was concerned after they had expressed a powerful desire to arrive in England early for his first task as Check captain. Dilshan desired to spend time with the remainder of the squad, as well as the new coach Stuart Law, appointed in an interim position for the England tour after Trevor Bayliss' contract came to an finish with the World Cup.

Sri Lanka players will stay on in the IPL & miss the Middlesex game. The board called in Farveez Maharoof & wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva to provide cover for them. Nuwan Pradeep, the fast bowler who has not yet played for Bangalore in the IPL, is also expected to arrive early in England.

The early departure will mean Dilshan will miss his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore's last league matches, as well as the knockouts, in the event that they get that far. They will be available for Bangalore's home games on May 6 & May 8. His form in the IPL so far has been poor; they has scored only 120 runs in three innings at a strike-rate of 103.44.

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