The 10th season of the Indian Premier League will kick-start from April 5 in 2017 while the final of the competition will be played on May 21.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had won the title last season, will get the right to host the first game of the tournament and the final as has been the mandate in recent times. However there is a catch. The tournament dates will only be confirmed subject to the Justice Lodha Committee allowing the tournament to go ahead.
The Lodha Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court of India in a bid to ensure all the activities of the cricket board are overseen by it.
Interestingly, the tournament will go ahead according to these dates within a week of India's home series against Australia finishing. Australia take on hosts India in a four-match Test series with the final Test expected to finish on March 29. What could make it worse for the BCCI is the tournament will finish just 10 days before the start of the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy that will be played in England.
Justice Lodha has enforced a rule that needs the BCCI to schedule the IPL 15 days away from any bilateral series or an ICC tournament. With the Indian schedule already planned for their home series, this was always going to be an issue and the BCCI has informed the Lodha committee it would be difficult to enforce it.
Incidentally, the auction for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held on February 4. The auction will be hosted at Bengaluru.
IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla confirmed the IPL start and end dates while also reiterating that the stadiums in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur - among others - will be allowed to host the Indian Premier League after missing out last season because of a severe drought in the state of Maharashtra.
Shukla said: "We will have water harvesting technology at stadiums in Maharashtra to counter drought threat in the state. We will ensure that we can generate our own water to maintain stadiums."
The exact schedule of the IPL-10 will be released once the Lodha Committee has given it the approval to go ahead with the tournament.