Kent Cricket’s representatives at the 2019 VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) now know their opening fixtures in this season’s competition after the ‘first phase’ of IPL fixtures were released on Tuesday, with a potential clash between Kent captain Sam Billings and overseas star Adam Milne’s respective franchises on the cards.
Right-handed batsman Billings was retained by his franchise, Chennai Super Kings, for 2019. Billings joined the reigning champions at the start of last season and scored 56 off 23 balls on debut.
Chennai Super Kings opening phase fixtures:
23rd March vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
26th March vs. Delhi Capitals
31st March vs. Rajasthan Royals
3rd April vs. Mumbai Indians
New Zealand international Milne was also retained by his 2018 franchise, the Mumbai Indians. Milne moved to Mumbai after featuring for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016 & 2017.
Mumbai Indians opening phase fixtures:
24th March vs. Delhi Capitals
28th March vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
30th March vs. Kings XI Punjab
3rd April vs. Chennai Super Kings
Vice-captain and 2018 Vitality Blast MVP Joe Denly was picked up in the 2019 IPL Auction by Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹100 lacs (around £110,000). This will be the first time the England international has played in the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders opening phase fixtures:
24th March vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
27th March vs. Kings XI Punjab
30th March vs. Delhi Capitals
5th April vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
The IPL will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.
View all opening phase fixtures in full here