IPL 2018: BCCI contemplating advancing start time for playoffs and final by an hour to 7 pm

The BCCI is mulling over the possibility of advancing the start time for the IPL playoffs and final to 7 pm after a number of matches have gone beyond midnight this season.

FirstCricket Staff, May 10, 2018

The BCCI is mulling over the possibility of advancing the start time for the IPL playoffs and final to 7 pm after a number of matches have gone beyond midnight this season.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the IPL Governing Council, led by chairman Rajeev Shukla, is thinking about shifting the timing for the last four games to 7 pm from the traditional 8 pm slot.

Representative photo. Image credit: Official Facebook page of Indian Premier League

Representative image. Image credit: Official Facebook page of Indian Premier League

Currently, IPL matches start at 8 pm on weekdays with double headers on weekend starting at 4 pm and 8 pm.

According to the report, ahead of the new season, IPL broadcasters Star Sports had proposed scheduling the 4 pm matches to 5.30 pm while advancing the timing of the 8 pm match to 7 pm. The GC accepted the proposal but the franchises shot it down.

Had the matches started at 5.30 pm and 7 pm on weekends, they would have overlapped and the franchises were uncomfortable with a potential drop in viewership. However, with only one match per day in the final stage of the season, the matches can start at 7 pm.

Speaking to the newspaper, Shukla said, "We wanted to start the games early from the beginning, but some of the franchises didn't agree to it. They especially had a problem with them on weekends, which generally have a double header scheduled. The playoff stage has a single game on the day and we can start at 7 pm so that the people who come to the ground can enjoy the match and also reach home on time."

Updated Date: May 10, 2018





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