The newly proposed match timings by Star Sports have seen an objection by defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians, who think it will be impossible for the crowd to come on time. The IPL GC has a tough task ahead of them as they try to find a time suitable for both the broadcasters and the franchise.
With Star winning the IPL broadcast rights this year, they went on to propose a change of timings for their prime-time viewers. As per their revised match timings, the evening games would be advanced to 7 pm, while the first games of doubleheaders will start at 5:30 pm. Earlier, the afternoon games started at 4 pm while the evening games started at 8 pm.
The proposed change hasn’t gone down well with the franchises, who are wary that two matches could overlap during doubleheaders. Mumbai Indians' co-owner, Akash Ambani, was the latest to express his reservations with the change.
"For us it is tough.
The IPL governing council is well aware of the situation and have around two months to go before the tournament starts on April 7.
“The broadcaster (Star India) had request (to change timings) and the GC considered the request during its meeting. After that, we have received objections from a couple of franchises. We’ll discuss with the franchises and the broadcasters. We’ll arrive at a decision in an amicable way,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla told yesterday.