Mumbai: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has already had the fans go frenzy after a swashbuckling auction in Kolkata last year.
The IPL Governing Council has revealed the commencement date of the cash-rich league and it is only a few months wait till the ball gets rolling.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers and Governing Council members met earlier today to take a call on a few important decisions.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the high-profile tournament will begin on March 29. Moreover, the tournament final will be held on May 24 in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, among the other things discussed, there will be no change in the timings of the matches. Only six games will have a 4 PM start, while the rest of the games will continue to have a start time of 8 PM, even as the broadcasters had reportedly asked for an earlier start.
“There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start at 8 pm like earlier years. There was discussion about 7:30 pm but it’s not happening,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters after the meeting. “We will have only five doubleheaders (4 pm and 8 pm) this time. IPL final will be held in Mumbai,” he added.
Furthermore, the next season of IPL will witness a few more changes like the introduction of concussion substitute and third umpire for no balls.
“The concussion substitute and the no-ball rule are new additions for the season,” Ganguly concluded.