Indian Premier League 2009
The Indian Premier League 2009 will be the second season of the Indian Premier League which was established by the BCCI in 2007. The fixed schedule for the second season is not yet announced.
The entire format of the Indian Premier League will be similar to the 2008 season format. The eight franchises will first play against one another in a league and top four teams will then figure in the two semi-finals and a final. Just a few rules have been changed for the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League. The number of international player in all the team has been increased from 8 to 10, however, the number allowed in playing 11 remains at 4. The limit of players purchase has been increased from 5 to 7 million.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has negotiated with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to allow English cricketers to participate in the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League. In the 2009 edition, the English players will be available for a three weeks window in the tournaments, with Kevin Pietersen the star attraction. Veterans like Dominic Cork and Darren Gough are also figure in the list.
The trade window for the players of Indian Premier League 2009 was held in late December 2008 and early January 2009. Initially, due to the troubled economic times and the desire to build a well-rounded team instead of making profits out of trades, teams were reluctant to trade. The importance of signing young players from international domestic circuits was possibly on the rise with most international players signing for the first season. Most of the teams of Indian Premier League sent scouts to emerging player and domestic matches held in different countries to sign up players.
The player auction of Indian Premier League is scheduled on 6th February. After the immense success of the first season of Indian Premier League, it is time to wait and watch if the 2009 season will also be able to live up to your expectations or not!