The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to kick-off on March 23 with defending champions Chennai Super Kings hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore at home. The tournament opener will be played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai at 08:00 pm. With the general elections date yet to be finalised by the Election Commission, the schedule for the first two weeks has been announced by the BCCI. The cricket board after announcing the schedule of the first two weeks had stated that it would "address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates." According to the current schedule, a total of 17 matches will be played between March 23 till April 5. The double-headers will be played on March 24, 25 and 31. For the first time in the history of IPL fans will miss out on a vibrant opening ceremony as the CoA has decided to donate the allocated budget for the event to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.