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Mar 19, 2014 at 05:38pm IST

IPL 7: Champions Mumbai Indians to face Kolkata Knight Riders in the opener on April 16

The Indian Premier League Governing Council on Wednesday announced the schedule for the first phase of the 2014 IPL season that will be held in the UAE from April 16 to 30, with the opening match to be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16 in Abu Dhabi at 8 p.m. IST.

Twenty matches will be played in three stadiums in the UAE - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Sharjah CA Stadium and Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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The BCCI had earlier announced that the first phase of IPL 7 will be played in the UAE from April 16-30, followed by the second phase from May 1 to 12 in either Bangladesh or India. The season will end with the final phase in India from May 13. The final will be played on June 1.

IPL 7: Champions Mumbai Indians to face Kolkata Knight Riders in the opener on April 16

The opening match of the 2014 IPL season will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Getty Images)

In case the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) doesn't allow the BCCI to host matches in Indian cities where the polling for the General Elections has concluded, the tournament will move to Bangladesh between May 1 and 12.

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Also, no matches will be scheduled on May 16 - the counting day for the General Elections.

The second season of the IPL in 2009 was also held out of India, in South Africa, for the same reason after the government refused to provide security.

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Schedule of Phase I in the UAE:

Match 1: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders - April 16, 2014

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Match 2: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - April 17, 2014

Match 3: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab - April 18, 2014

Match 4: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals - April 18, 2014

Match 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians - April 19, 2014

Match 6: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils - April 19, 2014

Match 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab - April 20, 2014

Match 8: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils - April 21, 2014

Match 9: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - April 22, 2014

Match 10: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings - April 23, 2014

Match 11: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders - April 24, 2014

Match 12: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils - April 25, 2014

Match 13: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians - April 25, 2014

Match 14: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - April 26, 2014

Match 15: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders - April 26, 2014

Match 16: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians - April 27, 2014

Match 17: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings - April 27, 2014

Match 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab - April 28, 2014

Match 19: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals - April 29, 2014

Match 20: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - April 30, 2014

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