Over the past decade or so, the Indian Premier League night clashes have usually begun at 8 PM. A mixture of slow over-rates and intense T20 finishes has often dragged the games till midnight or beyond that.
For a tournament that extends to over a month and has matches in weekdays as well, the night timings have reduced the number of viewers towards the end of the games. In an attempt to keep the viewers interested and help fans get better experience, the play-off games of the previous season of the IPL were expected to start at 7 PM.
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Nevertheless, as far as the upcoming edition of the IPL is mentioned, there had been no concerns regarding the timings of the matche, until CEO of the league, Hemang Amin, was questioned about it in the press conference where he announced Tata Motors’ Harrier as the official partner of the IPL.
Amin raised the issue that the afternoon matches will be affected if the evening games are scheduled to start one hour earlier. However, he did not completely rule out the possibility of the games starting at 7.
“Last year we had advanced the timings for the play-offs to start at 7pm. We are still considering whether to advance it a bit or keep it at 8pm because it also affects the afternoon game. For the last so many years we have been playing 12 to 15 afternoon games so it impacts that,” Amin said.
Keeping in mind that the lucrative league is played in peak summers in a country as hot as India, the players can not be expected to play the evening matches during the afternoon at full strength. Considering the jam-packed schedule of the league, it will be exhausting on the players to deal with it in such daunting conditions.
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Amin went on to mention the wellness of the players in the league, while insisting that the final call on the subject will be taken after the complete balanced schedule is released.
“The players’ well-being will have to be considered if we are advancing it because if we advance the 8pm game to earlier then we have to advance the afternoon game as well. Hopefully, within a week or so we will announce the timings once we get the balanced schedule ready,” the IPL CEO concluded.