IPL 2021: The world’s largest T20 cricket competitors kicks off on Friday

Mumbai Indians team celebrating winning the 2020 IPL

Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets in last year’s IPL final
Dates: 9 April – 30 May
Coverage: Selected radio commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website and app. Regular features and a weekly IPL Social column on the BBC Sport website

The richest franchise tournament in world cricket is back on Friday as the Indian Premier League kicks off its 14th edition.

Global cricketing superstars – including India icon Virat Kohli and England all-rounder Ben Stokes – will be on show in the Twenty20 tournament, with ball-by-ball radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra and online.

The 2021 IPL returns to India after last year’s competition took place in the United Arab Emirates because of Covid-19.

This year, for at least the beginning of the tournament, matches will be played behind closed doors. But despite the lack of boisterous Indian crowds and with bio-secure bubbles and quarantine rules in place, there is plenty to look forward to…