Deccan Chargers beat Bangalore in the 2009 IPL final
Next year's Indian Premier League will start a month earlier than the 2009 programme, organisers have announced.
The eight-team Twenty20 competition will start on 12 March and staged over 45 days, with one match being added to the schedule, a third place play-off.
It was revealed the competition will expand to 10 teams for 2011, when a fresh player auction will take place.
Each team will be allowed a maximum of 10 foreign players, and can field four of them at a time.
Any overseas player involved in the competition will have to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from their home board to participate in the IPL.
"This means that players will have to respect their country's commitments under the International Cricket Council's future tours programme," said League commissioner Lalit Modi.
"The IPL respect the sanctity of the FTP (Future Tours Programme) - and players, both current and retired, would have to obtain NOCs for two years in order to close the loop of players refusing to sign contracts with the boards."
Players from the unauthorised Indian Cricket League, who have returned to mainstream cricket under the amnesty scheme, will be allowed to play to play in the IPL, subject to approval of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which is expected next week.
The transfer window will be open from 15 December to 5 January, and four teams - the Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab - have chosen to play home games at a different venue in addition to their usual home base.
The 2009 IPL tournament was played in South Africa, for security reasons, and Modi said they would be using the services of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit to ensure the smooth running of the event.