The BCCI has announced the schedule for VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The league returns to India this season and will be played from 9th April to 30th May. Six cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata - will host the games.

Each team will play in four cities during the league stage and all matches will be played at neutral venues. The Playoffs and the final will be staged at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium - the world’s largest cricket stadium in terms of seating capacity. The initial matches of IPL 2021 will be played behind closed doors, but fans could be allowed at the later stages of the tournament.

Our campaign kicks off on 12th April in Mumbai against the Punjab Kings. After playing our first five games in Mumbai, we will fly to Delhi for the next four, followed by Kolkata and Bangalore, where we play three and two games respectively.

After the last season was conducted successfully within a bubble in the UAE, a new format IPL awaits us for the second year in a row. The Royals are ready to take the challenge head-on under the new leadership of Sanju Samson and Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara. While we will miss playing in front of our fans at the SMS, we are confident that they would be pouring in their support from all over the world. Halla Bol!