The Indian Premier League (IPL) is known as the most-attended cricket league in the world, but that will not be the case for the upcoming tournament, which will be the 13th in the event’s history.
This year’s competition, which was originally due to commence back in March, will be held without fans. Other colourful additions that have been a trademark of the glitzy tournament like cheerleaders will also be absent.
The entire event has been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 concerns in India. Players and officials from all eight teams have been in a bio-secure “bubble”, with the action finally getting underway at 3pm BST on Saturday 19 September. First up, defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings.
Each team plays 14 group matches before a 4-team finals series takes place. You can catch every ball live in the UK.
How to watch 2020 Indian Premier League
Once again this season the IPL is exclusive to Sky Sports. If you are an existing Sky TV customer with access to Sky Sports, you are all set. If not, you can sign up for a new broadband deal with Sky that includes Sky Sports to ensure you can watch all the action on the pitch.
If you don’t want to sign a long-term contract and still want to make sure you can catch all the big hits and bouncers of the IPL, you should consider a day or month pass to NOW TV, which also carries all of this year’s IPL action.
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Stream the IPL with NOW TV
NOW TV is a streaming service that lets you stream content on your preferred device on your terms. It currently has two options, a day pass for a one-off payment of £9.98 or a monthly pass for £33.99 per month. Regular deals and discounts are also offered.
The passes give you access to an enormous amount of world-class sport across 11 Sky Sports channels. Live Premier League matches, Formula 1, PGA Tour golf and so much more is all available via NOW TV.
There are no lock-in contracts so you can cancel any time. Just remember to cancel your monthly pass before the next cycle or the payment will be made automatically. You can find more information in our NOW TV guide.
What is the format of the IPL?
The eight teams in the tournament – Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – play each other twice. The top four teams then qualify for the finals series.
Players can be signed via an annual auction or via trading windows. In December last year, Australia’s Pat Cummins broke the auction record when he was signed by the Knight Riders for £1.79 million. Mumbai Indians are the tournament’s most successful side with four IPL victories to date.
In 2019 there was a total of £5.4 million in prize money awarded to the teams, with champions Mumbai walking away with £2.2 million.