An On Monday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, after the meeting, confirmed that there will be no change in timing for the games in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the tournament will kick start on March 29 in Mumbai.
Former Champion Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns at Wankhede in the inauguration match of the VIVO IPL 2020. IPL GC has also scheduled the IPL final on 24 May at the Wankhede Stadium only. Earlier there were reports that the final would be played at the new Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The meeting also decided the dates, venues and timings of the matches in the IPL. Earlier there were reports that BCCI might alter the timing of the game because a numbers of games got stretched over the stipulated time of three-and-a-half hours last season. Broadcasters, teams and fans also raised an issue against the same last year. The likes of AB de Villiers, Kuldeep Yadav, Tom Moody and Stephen Fleming had voiced their concerns on this issue.
Though Sourav Ganguly cleared that, “There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years. There was discussion about 7:30 pm but it’s not happening. We will have only five doubleheaders (4 pm and 8 pm) this time. IPL final will be held in Mumbai.”
Other major changes include the timing of the two Qualifiers, the Eliminator and the Final. This season BCCI has scheduled all the knockout matches half an hour earlier than the usual timings. IPL GC has also included new ICC rules of Concussion Substitute and Third Umpire for front foot No-balls.
“The concussion substitute and the no ball rule are new additions for the season,” Ganguly informed.
In a major addition, BCCI is also all set to organise an IPL All-Stars tournamentjust prior to the IPL. Ganguly said, “It will be an IPL All Stars Game three days before start of IPL. The venue is not Ahmedabad as it is still not match ready. We have not decided on where we will make the donation.”
The tournament will be unique of its kind and expected to allure large number of audience. And as a great gesture, BCCI has decided to donate the raised funds to the charity.