The title clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be held in Mumbai on May 24 and the night matches will have usual 8:00 pm start. The IPL Governing Council has decided against changing the timings, but introduced some new rules to playing conditions, Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly announced on Monday.
“There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years,” Ganguly told reporters after the IPL Governing Council meeting in New Delhi.
“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 adding that the “final will be held in Mumbai.”
In a first, concussion substitute and “third umpire no ball” will also be introduced in the upcoming edition of the popular T20 league, the former India captain informed. “The concussion substitute and the no ball rule are new additions for the season,” he said.
Players’ safety has assumed significance of late with incidents of cricketers getting injured while batting increasing.
New concussion rules were introduced in Test format as well last year. Australian batsman Steve Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne on Day 5 of the second Ashes 2019 Test at the Lord’s under the rules.
Recently young Indian batsman Rishabh Pant also suffered from concussion after being hit on his helmet by pat Cummins during the first ODI between India and Australia on January 14. KL Raul had kept wickets in place of Pant.
The third umpire will now make the exclusive ‘no ball’ call instead of the on-field umpires. It was trialled during the recent India and West Indies ODI series
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.
The venue for the game, though, has not been decided as yet. Ganguly said the BCCI will hand over the proceeds to an appropriate forum.
“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.
Asked about the meeting with National Cricket Academy chief Rahul Dravid, Ganguly said that there have been extensive discussions about revamping the facility, which has been under the scanner of late.
“As it has already been reported, we will have a nutritionist and biomechanics bowling coach at the NCA,” he added.