Indian cricket board BCCI has announced the changes in timings of play-off matches and the final of the 2018 Indian Premier League. According to a media release from BCCI, the playoff games and final will begin at 7 pm IST and not the original 8 pm IST.
The change came into the effect after some matches in this season went beyond the midnight hour whether it was because of slow over rates or due to rain.
Media had earlier reported on Thursday that “IPL Governing Council is keen to get the matches to start an hour earlier than 8 pm, which has been the traditional opening time in the IPL since its inception.”
“What happens is that the night games get over by midnight. 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 by 7pm so that the people who come to the ground can enjoy the match and also reach home on time,” Shukla had told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the Qualifier 1 of the season will be played on May 22 in Mumbai while Kolkata will host the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 on May 23 and 25 respectively. The IPL final will be played on May 27 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.