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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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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

News From Yahoo : Warne announces comeback with Big Bash franchise Melbourne Stars

Australian spin legend Shane Warne Tuesday announced his comeback to the cricket field, saying that he will play for Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament in December.
The 42-year-old legend, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game, retired from the Test arena in 2007.

Warne said the lure of a new tournament, Big Bash League, and the chance to give something back to Cricket Australia (CA) had prompted him to make a comeback.

Warne pledged to play the entire season for the Melbourne Stars, with his first game to be against Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Dec 17.

'I am fitter than I have ever been and over the next sort of month or so I am going to really get into the bowling and doing all those sorts of things with the Melbourne Stars,' he told reporters in Melbourne Tuesday.

Warne said another reason for his return was that his three children, now aged 14, 12 and 10, would get a better appreciation of what he did for a living.

England all-rounder Luke Wright will join Warne at the newly launched Melbourne Stars cricket club, while former one-day captain Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah and Michael Lumb have also been signed by with the club.

Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd called the recruitment of Warne the 'icing on the cake' for the Big Bash League, which runs from Dec 16 until Jan 28.

Warne captained Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals for four seasons till the 2011 edition.

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