IPL Governing Council to meet on Sunday

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/ipllogonew1.jpg' class='caption'> The Governing Council of IPL will meet in Mumbai on September 5 to take a decision on the match schedule for the 2011 season.

Updated: September 02, 2010 11:46 IST
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The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will meet in Mumbai on September 5 to take a decision on the match schedule for the expanded 2011 season, involving 10 franchise.

"The IPL Governing Council is meeting on Sunday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The draft schedule for the 2011 season is to be finalised at the meeting, including number of matches," BCCI sources said.

"The meeting will also finalise player regulations, approve player contracts and registration of player contracts," they added.

The previous meeting on August 20 could not complete this process as the entire time was taken up in discussing the accounts for the 2009-10 season. No proposal was tabled at that meeting about the number of matches in IPL-IV, involving two additional teams - Sahara Warriors of Pune and Kochi. The September 5 meeting is expected to complete this process.

The sources the existing format of home and away league ties followed by two semi-finals, a match to decide 3-4 places and the grand final, a total of 94 matches, cannot be held.

The organisers may opt for a shorter edition in terms of the number of matches, according to the sources.

Playing 94 matches is not possible, especially in the months of April-May-June when IPL-IV is to be held. There may be 73-74 matches in all, they said.

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