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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket championship in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla, who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around US$2.92 billion in fourth season. However, the league has been engulfed by series of corruption scandals where allegations of cricket betting, money laundering and spot fixing were witnessed.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (often abbreviated as KKR) is a cricket franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League and owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta from the Mehta Group. The team is currently captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, a former Australian cricketer. The bowling legend, Wasim Akram is the team's bowling consultant and mentor. Sourav Ganguly, who was the team's Icon Player for the first three seasons, captained the side in the first and third seasons of the tournament while Brendon McCullum led the team in the intervening period. The team won its first title in 2012 by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at their home ground in Chennai.

The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are purple and gold. The brand value of the Kolkata Knight Riders was estimated at $57.5 million in 2011, ranking third amongst all ten teams. Although the team has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, it was surrounded with controversy and poor on-field performance through the first three years of the tournament. The team's performance, however, improved from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs and made it to the Champions League Twenty20. They eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012.

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Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (born 8 July 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.

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KKR logo's launch
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Co-owner Shahrukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta at the launch of the new logo and marketing campaign for KKR in 2012.

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West Indies' Billy Doctrove has officiated the most number of IPL matches, with only one match ahead of Australia's Simon Taufel

As of 2012, thirty six umpires have officiated at least one Indian Premier League (IPL) match, a professional league for Twenty20 cricket in India. Of these, Billy Doctrove has officiated the most matches, serving as an umpire 44 times, while Shashank Ranade has officiated the fewest, serving in two matches of the 2009 season. As of the 2010 season, an umpire receives a 6 crore (US$940,000) salary for officiating during a season. The umpires are sponsored by Kingfisher Airlines whose branding is displayed on their uniforms. The recipient team of the Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award is also decided by the number of points given by the umpires in the league. The first match of the IPL was umpired by Asad Rauf and Rudi Koertzen, while the most recent match was umpired by Billy Bowden and Simon Taufel. Fifteen of the umpires are of Indian nationality, six are Australian, five are South African and three are from New Zealand. Only four men have served as IPL umpires in both the first season and the latest season, Doctrove, Rauf, Bowden and Aleem Dar; and 14 umpires have served in only one season.

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