The ninth edition of the most popular franchise-based cricket league, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, begins on April 9. The tournament will continue to have 8 teams in total after 2 of its teams — Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) — were handed two-year suspension by the Indian Supreme Court. The ban on CSK and RR was one of the corrective measures taken by the Indian court, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was then forced to look for two new teams. The IPL 9, which begins on April 9, will end on May 29 with the final slated to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The bids for the two new teams were won by Intex Technologies Ltd and the RPG-Sanjiv Goenka Group for the Rajkot and the Pune-based franchises. While the Rajkot-based franchise was named Gujarat Lions (GL), the Pune-based franchise was termed Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the build-up to the tournament.

Two of CSK’s players — MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina — won the captaincy roles in the new teams. While Dhoni will lead RPS along with Stephen Fleming as the coach, the Gujarat Lions will be captained by ace Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina.

The auction of the IPL 2016 saw former Australian cricketer Shane Watson becoming the costliest player in the IPL 9. Watson was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 9.5 crores. On the other hand, the enigmatic Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was taken by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 7 crores.

There were some surprises as well. New Zealand’s dashing batsman Martin Guptill and Australia’s Usman Khawaja, who has been scoring heaps of runs, were not bought by any of the IPL franchises for the IPL 2016 season. Following are the full list of IPL 2016 teams:

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Johnson, Wriddhiman Saha, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, KC Cariappa, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Pradeep Sahu, Armaan Jaffer, Swapnil Singh.

Mumbai Indians (MI) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand, Akshay Wakhare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Marchant de Lange, Lasith Malinga, Jos Buttler, Nathu Singh, Tim Southee, Krunal Pandya, Kishore Pramod Kamath, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Adam Milne, Mitchell Starc, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Akshay Karnewar, Iqbal Abdullah, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas.

Delhi Daredevils (DD) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Travis Head, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Quinton de Kock, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Joel Paris, Sam Billings, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Saeed Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pawan Suyal.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan. Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Deepak Hooda, Mustafizur Rahman, Aditya Tare, Barinder Singh Sran, Ben Cutting, Vijay Shankar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Tirumalsetti Suman.

Gujarat Lions (GL) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Aksh Deep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra.

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) TEAM FOR IPL 2016: MS Dhoni, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashwin Murugan, Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ashoke Dinda, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma.
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IPL 2016 STATS
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PLAYER TEAM RUNS
Gautam Gambhir KKR 192
Aaron Finch GUJ 191
Quinton de Kock DD 184
Faf du Plessis RPS 170
Virat Kohli RCB 154
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PLAYER TEAM WICKETS
Mitchell McClenaghan MI 6
Murugan Ashwin RPS 6
Dwayne Bravo GUJ 6
Amit Mishra DD 5
Andre Russell KKR 5
SCHEDULE
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 ( 20:00 IST )
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, Live Score, 12th T20 Match at Hyderabad
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 ( 20:00 IST )
Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 13th T20 Match at Mohali
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 ( 20:00 IST )
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 14th T20 Match at Mumbai