India will once again be in the spotlight as the 2011 DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) comes our way. Many of the cricketers who were in action at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be battling it in the fourth edition of the IPL, which starts on Friday 8 April 2011.

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I’m sure this year’s IPL will generate a lot of interest after India’s victory and successful co-hosting of the World Cup. The 2011 IPL sees two new teams added to the mix – Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala. This takes the field up to ten teams, each featuring top Indian and international players.

South Africa is well represented in this year’s IPL tournament. Dale Steyn tops the list of South African earners, with a new $1.2 million (US Dollars) contract. AB De Villiers and Jacques Kallis follow closely behind with $1.1 million contracts. Just have a look at what some of the guys will earn for their participation in the IPL over the next three years.

  • Dale Steyn – $1,200,000 – Deccan Chargers
  • AB de Villiers – $1,100,000 – Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Jacques Kallis – $1,100,000 – Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Johan Botha – $950,000 – Rajasthan Rebels
  • Albie Morkel – $500,000 – Chennai Super Kings
  • Graeme Smith – $500,000 – Pune Warriors
  • Morne Morkel – $475,000 – Dehli Daredevils
  • JP Duminy – $300,000 – Deccan Chargers
  • Davy Jacobs – $190,000 – Mumbai Indians
  • Wayne Parnell – $160,000 – Pune Warriors
  • Charl Langeveldt – $140,000 – Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Faf du Plessis – $120,000 – Chennai Super Kings
  • Colin Ingram – $100,000 – Dehli Daredevils
  • Ryan McLaren – $100,000 – Kings XI Punjab
  • David Miller – $100,000 – Kings XI Punjab
  • Alfonso Thomas – $100,000 – Pune Warriors
  • Johan van der Wath – $95,000 – Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Rusty Theron – $85,000 – Deccan Chargers
  • Roelof van der Merwe – $50,000 – Dehli Daredevils
  • Robert Frylinck – $20,000 – Dehli Daredevils
  • Rilee Rossouw – $20,000 – Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Jonathan Vandiar – $20,000 – Royal Challengers Bangalore

The IPL has given cricketers the opportunity of making big bucks – much more than they could ever earn at home. It’s not only the money – the players are treated like rock stars as well. Who wouldn’t grab the opportunity to play in the IPL? India seems to be revolutionising the game as we know it – on the field and off the field.

You can view a full list of 2011 IPL fixtures here.