The fifth season of the Indian Premier League has been scheduled to run between 4th April and 27th May 2012 and will feature 74 matches in 54 days.
The tournament will be the second with ten teams involved and is expected to run along similar lines with Chennai Super Kings defending their crown.
IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin said: "We are happy to confirm the opening and closing dates of IPL 2012, ten months in advance.
"The match-schedule will be announced soon. We have no doubt that the fifth season of IPL will be as, if not more, eventful and exciting than the previous ones."
The Chennai Super Kings also won the competition in 2010 while the other previous winners were the Rajasthan Royals (2008) and Deccan Chargers (2009).
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