THE EIGHT IPL franchises have informed BCCI about their objection to the proposed change in match timings of the season 11 games.
Earlier, the official broadcaster, Star India, had requested the BCCI for a change in timing, which the IPL governing council had accepted in principle during their last meeting at Bengaluru. As per the proposed changes, the 8 pm games were to be shifted to 7 pm and the 4 pm ones be postponed to 5:30 pm.
It is learnt that the board had then sought the franchises’ view and all eight were on the same page in terms of sticking to the traditional start times. As reported by Indian Express, a franchise official working close to the development divulged,
“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.”
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla has stated that the final decision on the matter will be taken soon.