The Indian Premier League 2020 schedule may run longer than any of the previous editions, with lesser doubleheaders over the weekends and more night games.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly is working on a schedule that will see each team getting only one “day game” during the entire IPL 2020 season. A proposal to span the league over 60 days between April 1 and May 30 will be tabled before the IPL Governing Council.
The BCCI is reportedly also keen on starting all the floodlit games at 7 pm, national daily Indian Express has reported quoting sources. The BCCI and the IPL host broadcaster have reportedly jotted down key points to capitalize on the two-month window.
The franchises will be apprised about the proposed changes during the team owners meeting with the IPL Governing Council, states the report. Mumbai Indians is one franchise that has not been game for an early start as spectators in Mumbai come for the matches only after the office hours.
It is learnt that during informal discussions with franchises, many teams were in favor of early starts, especially for fans who face difficulties traveling back home after games. Many centers don’t have any public transport available post-night IPL games. “There is a plan in place of playing more games at night. If it is passed, each team will have to play only one game in the afternoon. Teams who play in the north face heatwaves and conditions get more difficult. There is a plan of using all 60 days instead of wrapping up the IPL in 45 days. The IPL GC has to approve it,” states the daily quoting sources.
One of the games in Bangalore had finished at 1:27 am.
However, there is no clarity over whether the new BCCI regime will maintain the 15-day gap between the end of IPL and the India’s next international assignment, as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators had done during its time in charge.