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IPL 4 from April 2011

Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) The fourth season of the expanded Indian Premier League (IPL), featuring 10 teams, will start in the first week of April after end of the World Cup, the league's chief Lalit Modi said here Wednesday.

"We are going to start the 2011 IPL season a few days after the World Cup in the first week of April. We are going back to the schedule of April-May that we had in the 2008 first season. We will keep this (schedule) in future," Modi told reporters here.

The fourth edition of the IPL will see the addition of two new cities - Pune and Kochi - and will also have 94 matches, a sharp increase of 34 matches.

During the event, Modi also announced the inaugural IPL awards function, which he called "Cricketainment" - a mix of cricket and Bollywood-style entertainment - and will take place April 23 here.

"The IPL awards function would be distinct from the ICC and BCCI awards functions. There would be 22 categories of awards with 10 of them to be adjudicated by a jury panel. IPL is also a mix of cricket and entertainment and so the awards ceremony will be Cricketainment. There would be eight other viewers' category awards, three statistical awards and one IPL captains' award," Modi said.

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