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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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The 2011 Indian Premier League season, abbreviated as IPL 4 or the IPL 2011, was the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, the top Twenty20 cricket league in India. The tournament was hosted in India and the opening and closing ceremonies were held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The season ran from 8 April to 28 May 2011. This season the number of teams in the league went from eight to ten with the additions of the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The tournament was won by the Chennai Super Kings for the second successive season, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final in Chennai, with the winning team's Murali Vijay being named Man of the Match. With this win Chennai Super Kings became the only team to have won the IPL on more than one occasion. Despite Bangalore failing to win the title, one of the team's players, Chris Gayle was named as the tournament's best player. He scored 608 runs in twelve innings – the most in the tournament – as well as picking up eight wickets, having joined the team after the start of the season due to an injury to another overseas player, Dirk Nannes. Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga set a new record for most wickets taken within an Indian Premier League season, claiming 28 wickets during the campaign, but Mumbai had to settle for third place in the tournament, having lost to Bangalore in the second qualifier. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai represented India in the Champions League 2011 tournament in September. The Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award was again won by the Chennai Super Kings for topping the fair-play table.

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Cameron Leon White (born 18 August 1983) is an Australian cricketer and former Australian Twenty20 captain. A powerful middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spin bowler, White made his first-class cricket debut as a teenager in the 2000–01 season for the Victorian Bushrangers as a bowling all-rounder. Early comparisons with Victoria team-mate Shane Warne faded as White took on a role closer to that of Andrew Symonds, a batsman who bowled occasionally.

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IPL trading cards
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IPL (Indian Premier League) Cricket trading cards , obverse and reverse. Card of Robin Uthappa facing up

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As of 2012, fifty six cricketers have played for the franchise cricket team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), which is one of the teams participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). KXIP have reached the IPL playoffs once. Adam Gilchrist (pictured) is the current captain of the team. Piyush Chawla has played the most matches: 71 since his debut for the franchise in 2008. Shaun Marsh is also the leading run-scorer for DD, scoring 1,603 runs. Marsh, Mahela Jayawardene, Adam Gilchrist, Paul Valthaty has scored one century for KXIP each. Marsh has the team's best batting average: 45.80. Among the bowlers, Chawla has taken more wickets than any other, claiming 73. The best bowling average is Dimitri Mascarenhas's 15.00. Kumar Sangakkara has taken the most catches as wicket-keeper and has made the highest number of stumpings for KXIP. Chawla has claimed the highest number of catches among fielders, taking 21.

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