Hyderabad: The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from April 4 to May 27 next year with the inaugural match to be played in Chennai, it was announced on Friday.

The IPL Governing Council, after its meeting here, decided that player regulation, including participation of Pakistani players, and trading modalities of the auction will be discussed at the next meeting, the dates of which have not yet been announced.

"The dates of the DLF IPL 2012 were confirmed. The tournament will begin in Chennai on 4 April 2012, and end on 27 May 2012. An Opening ceremony will be held in Chennai on 3 April, a day before the inaugural game,"BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a release.

"The player regulation and trading modalities will be discussed at the next meeting of the GC,"it said.

Regarding the format and structure of the tournament, the Governing Council has asked the management team to come back with options.

The Governing Council, which met under the chairmanship of IPL's new boss Rajiv Shukla, also approved various operational items for the forthcoming IPL season.

(Agencies)