IPL 2016 had 60 matches played, including 56 league stage matches and four play-off matches. This season of ipl was also the first one to use LED stumps. The number of IPL fan parks, which was 16 during the 2015 season, will be increased to 36 (including one fan park in New Jersey).
The season has two new franchises, the Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants based in the cities of Rajkot and Pune respectively. These teams replaced the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, both of which have been suspended for two years up to 2017.
IPL Final will be a day/night T20 match between the winners of the Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2. It will be played on 29 May 2015 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It determines the winner of the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League, the annual professional Twenty20 tournament in India.
The IPL Final might have to be shifted out of state of Maharashtra because of the Maharashtra water crisis. On 13 April, the Bombay High Court ruled that all the matches to be held in the state in May must be moved to venues outside of Maharashtra. A total of 13 matches were scheduled to be hosted by the three venues in Maharashtra, including two playoff matches in Pune and the final in Mumbai.
So the Final of Indian Premier League 2016 might be hosted at Kolkata or Bangalore. If BCCI manages to get a stay order on Bombay High Court's verdict of shifting 13 matches in May out of drought-hit Maharashtra, the board would be forced to shift the final from Wankhede Stadium.
The CAB secretary Subir Ganguly yesterday said that Eden Gardens will be more than happy to host the final if BCCI decides to allocate the match to Kolkata.
"We are not going to go up and say anything but in case BCCI wants Eden to host the final, we are always ready. Who will refuse an IPL final. The CAB has already organised two high-profile World Cup games (India vs Pakistan) and (World Cup final between West Indies and England) successfully," Ganguly told PTI.
While BCCI is expected to appeal in the Supreme Court for a stay order, the top brass is currently bracing up with a contingency plan.
The two safest options for BCCI are Kolkata's Eden Gardens where the final can be held on May 29. While Bangalore is already hosting the first qualifier, Kolkata can also host the Eliminator.
The main factor that can swing it in Eden's favour is the capacity of 67,000 people compared to 25,000 at the Chinnaswamy. From the franchise's end, Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua said that they are awaiting instructions from the BCCI. Daredevils will have three of their matches shifted in case BCCI does not get a stay order.
"At this point we don't have any information about what are the possible venues. We are awaiting instructions from BCCI," said Dua.