IPL 2020 Final on 24 May, Matches Likely From 7:30 pm: Report
While the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to get underway at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 29 March, the final will be played on 24 May. The 57-day window also means that host broadcasters Star are likely to have their way and there will be no double headers. The starting time is almost certain to be 7.30 pm
Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments confirmed that the 2020 edition will be played over 57 days and the longer window means that double headers could now be a thing of the past.
So, there should be no issue in accommodating one game a day. In fact, it should be a walk in the park for those chalking out how matches will be played over 57 days," the source said.
Asked about the starting time, considering that Star is keen on an early start, the source said it was almost certain that games will start at 7.30 pm and it isn't just about the broadcasters, it is also about how late games finished last season.
"See, TRP is an issue for sure, but let us not just put it on that as you can for yourself go back and see how late the games finished last season,” the source pointed.
But franchises believe that for crowds to come in at that point in time on a working day is almost impossible.
"If you are living in a metro, you do know the kind of traffic issues there is say in Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru. Do you seriously believe that it is possible for people to leave office at around 6 pm and then come into the stadium with their families by the time the game gets underway? This is an area that needs to be taken into consideration before changing the timing of the game," the official of one of the franchises told IANS.
"Do you believe that it is just the broadcasters who have a problem? Let us be real. Even franchises have a problem filling the stands for the afternoon games. So, it is best that we do away with the afternoon games and focus on one game a day," the source explained.
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