IPL 2020: Night matches to start at 8 PM IST, concussion substitutes on feature
The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided against rescheduling the night match of this year’s tournament.
On Monday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announcing the night matches will be in usual time said, “There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years.”
The summit clash of the cash rich competition will take place in Mumbai on May 24.
“We will have only five double headers (4pm and 8 pm) this time. We have decided to reduce the number of double headers,” Ganguly said.
For the first time, concussion substitute and ‘third umpire no ball’ will also be introduced in the upcoming edition of the T20 league.
“The concussion substitute and the no ball rule are new additions for the season,”
The third umpire will now make the exclusive ‘no ball’ call instead of the on-field umpires. It can be added that in a noble gesture, the BCCI will have an ‘All Stars Game’ between all top international players before start of the IPL on March 29 for a charitable cause.
“It will be an IPL All Stars Game three days before start of IPL. The venue is not Ahmedabad as it is still not match ready. We have not decided on where we will make the donation,” the BCCI president said.
“As it has already been reported, we will have a nutritionist and biomechanics bowling coach at the NCA,” he added.