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IPL 2018: Top 5 changes season 11 of the league to have for the first time
Season 11 of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is barely weeks away. The IPL fever has already started gripping the nation. The eight franchises with new teams including new faces will compete against each other to lift the IPL trophy on May 31.

However, most fans aren't aware that IPL is undergoing a sea of changes this season which means that season 11 of world's biggest cricket league will have many firsts. The BCCI and IPL governing body will be introducing new rules and technology never experienced by the viewers before.

It is for the first time that captains of six out of the total eight participating teams will not be present at the opening ceremony of IPL 2018 on April 7 owing to logistical reasons. Steve Smith (RR), Virat Kohli (RCB), R Ashwin (KXIP), Gautam Gambhir (DD), David Warner (SRH) and Dinesh Karthik (KKR) will be absent from the event. However, MS Dhoni (CSK) and Rohit Sharma (MI) will be present during the opening ceremony, as their teams later play the opening game against each other.

Here are the top 5 changes that IPL 2018 will bear witness to:

Dual jerseys: This season all participating teams will have two jerseys, one for home games and the other for away games, just like it happens in football. Each team plays 14 T20 matches in the league stages of IPL 2018, 7 at home and 7 away. Notably, Royal Challengers Bangalore had experimented with this in IPL 2016 by introducing a green jersey for away games.

Mid-season transfer of players: The IPL is becoming more and more international with each passing season. According to this new rule applicable on uncapped and overseas players, but not on capped players, players will be available for transfer after the 25th game just like it happens in international football. Two teams can negotiate between themselves and buy the desired players. However, only those foreign players who have played two or less matches will be eligible for transfer.

Change in match timings: This is a change which has not gone down well with a section of the franchises, as according to them, it will affect viewership adversely. The broadcaster had earlier suggested that the second match of the day should start at 7 pm instead of the earlier time of 8 pm, while shifting the time of the 4 pm match to 5.30 pm.

Introduction of virtual reality: This new development will take IPL cricket to the next level. Virtual reality technology (VRT) cameras will be installed at the stadiums to provide a better experience to viewers sitting at home or offices. All they need to do is to log on to Hotstar and put on their VR box.

DRS: Decision Review System (DRS) will finally be introduced in season 11 of the Indian Premier League. Each team will get 1 review per innings. The third umpire will have access to both ball-tracking and Ultra Edge. In 2017, Pakistan Super League (PSL) had first introduced DRS becoming the first T20 tournament to do so.

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