The world’s biggest Twenty20 cricket competition kicks off today as the Indian Premier League returns for its 13th edition. The tournament, which is taking place six months later than originally planned because of the Covid-19 pandemic, is now being played in the United Arab Emirates, with teams following strict quarantine rules on arrival into the country. The eight-week competition begins with a repeat of last year’s final, with holders Mumbai Indians hosting Chennai Super Kings. There are eight franchises representing different cities in India, with matches taking place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Each squad has a maximum of eight overseas players but no more than four can be selected in a starting XI. The top four sides will then enter the play-offs, with the final taking place on 10 November. The reigning champions and the most decorated IPL team of all-time with four trophies, Mumbai Indians are the favourites to win again this year.
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