The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council (GC) and IPL TV broadcasters Star Sports had earlier proposed a shift in timings of the IPL matches, from 4PM and 8PM to 5:30PM and 7PM respectively. However, earlier Mumbai Indians, and now all the eight IPL 2018 franchises have reportedly rejected the proposal to change IPL timings.
BCCI, GC & Star Sports want to change IPL timings
The tournament broadcasters were eager to shift the timings, as it would offer them ratings and viewership. As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, Rajeev Shukla had informed after an IPL Governing Council’s (GC) meet in January for IPL 2018, “The broadcaster has requested for change in timings. By and large the GC has accepted it. It gets too late in the night if the game starts at 8pm.”
IPL 2018 teams not in agreement with IPL timings change
Soon, it was learned that all the eight IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – had rejected the idea, as they were not in agreement with the proposed changes in IPL timings.
A close source to the IPL authorities was quoted by Times of India as saying, that the IPL timings has become a bone of contention between the IPL 2018 teams and Cricket Authorities. The statement informed,
“The franchises are not in agreement with this proposal and will take it up with the IPL. They are in fact quite not very happy that something as important as this hasn’t even discussed with them.”
A recent statement by an IPL 2018 franchise official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express,
“There will be no problem on days with just a single match but there will be a big one when there are doubleheaders. They won’t get the complete three-hour quota and instead will have to share it with two matches. The overlap will result in one-and-a-half hours of each IPL match losing out on viewers.”