Mumbai Indians’ co-owner Akash Ambani has objected and expressed his team’s apprehensions against the proposed time changes for the IPL 2018. Star Sports are the new broadcasters of Indian Premier League and they want new timings for the upcoming IPL season.
Star Sports want the 4 PM match to be pushed for 5:30 PM and 8 PM game to be rescheduled for 7 PM which has received a negative response from the Mumbai Indians camp as they believe it would impact the revenue and viewership of the tournament.
Akash Ambani said: “For us it is tough. Because people of Bombay work till 6:30-7. It’s going to be impossible making for a game at 7’o clock. You are impacting the revenue. You are impacting the audience coming there. So we are objecting to that.”
The new timing would see the matches overlap with each other when there are doubleheaders which is still a cause of uncertainty among the IPL sides. According to the reports, IPL governing council had a meeting with Star Sports last Friday and are still looking to find the best decision.
Rajiv Shukla, chairman of the IPL governing council is hopeful of reaching the solution in the coming week where all parties come to a mutual agreement. Ahead of the new season, teams were seen taking part in this year’s player auction where likes of Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan, Sanju Samson and Krunal Pandya attracted the biggest bids from the IPL franchise.