Your Kent Cricket IPL 2023 Guide

Friday 31st March 2023

Vitality Blast

Your Kent Cricket IPL 2023 Guide

The most-viewed tournament in cricket is back – the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 gets underway today in Ahmedabad as Gurajat Titans vs. Chennai Super Kings takes centre stage for the curtain raiser in the 16th edition of the IPL.

74 matches will take place from today until the Final on 28 May, with Kent cricketers past & present involved across the 10 franchises.

Only 8 weeks until Blast is back! Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener for 2023 is against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

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Which current Kent cricketers will be featuring?

Of Kent Men’s squad for 2023, Arshdeep Singh will once again be playing for his home team, Punjab Kings.

The left-arm seamer will join Kent in June for up to five LV= Insurance County Championship matches, & will be a part of the Punjab Kings squad for his fourth successive season, playing in the region that he plays his Ranji Trophy cricket with Punjab.

Former IPL winner & Kent Men captain Sam Billings will not be playing in this year’s tournament & will instead focus on the start of the LV= Insurance County Championship as a Kent player.

Are there any other Kent connections to this year’s IPL?

As a Club that has boasted many prestigious names as overseas players with the county, Kent supporters will see some familiar faces during this year’s IPL:

  • Navdeep Saini (Kent 2022) – Rajasthan Royals
  • Faf du Plessis (Kent Spitfires 2019) – Royal Challengers Bangalore (Captain)
  • Marcus Stoinis (Kent Spitfires 2018) – Lucknow Super Giants
  • Kagiso Rabada (Kent Spitfires 2016) – Punjab Kings

England internationals Ben Stokes (CSK), Phil Salt (DC), Mark Wood (LSG), Jofra Archer (MI) & Joe Root (RR) will also be involved in the competition that overlaps with the start of the county season.

Before this year’s IPL began, the first ever Women’s Premier League (WPL) took place in India, featuring the best female T20 players in the world.

Coached by Kent & England great Charlotte Edwards, Mumbai Indians Women won the first edition of the tournament.

Where can I watch the IPL in the UK?

Every match of the TATA IPL 2023 will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.

Can I watch the stars of the IPL play in the flesh this Summer?

Yes! Some of the biggest names in T20 cricket will also be playing in the Vitality Blast this year, with seven matches hosted at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury.

Kent Spitfires, skippered by Sam Billings, will have Australia’s Kane Richardson for the entire tournament to boost their seam bowling department that includes the likes of Netherlands international & 2021 Vitality Blast winner Fred Klaassen, 2021 Blast winner & Italy international Grant Stewart, & new signing Michael Hogan, who has played in Australia’s KFC Big Bash League as well as featuring for Southern Brave in The Hundred last year.

Tickets for all Kent Spitfires home matches are now on sale via

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How much are Vitality Blast tickets?

Less than five weeks remain to get your Kent home tickets at Early Bird prices, saving money on seeing top-tier sport in Canterbury.

General admission tickets start at just £5 for under 15s, & £25 for adults.

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