The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has confirmed a number of details for the fifth edition of the tournament, which will begin on 4th April.
After the Kochi Tuskers Kerala's ejection from the competition, the nine remaining teams will play each other on a home and away basis as per the first three runnings of the competition, meaning the total number of matches to be played is 76.
The auction for the 2012 season will be held in January or February and each of the remaining franchises will have $US 2 million to spend on new players.
For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, each franchise will also now be able to have a maximum of 33 players in their squad and have up to 11 overseas players which is an increase by one from previously although a team may still only field four players in any one game.
Ahead of the new season, there will be a trading window open from 15th December until 20th January 2012 and another short window open following the auction.
The competition will then see the three play-off matches held in Bangalore and Chennai and the final held in Chennai on 27th May.
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