IPL 2019: CoA Confirms No Change in Timings for the Tournament

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IPL 2019: CoA Confirms No Change in Timings for the Tournament 

IPL 2019: CoA Confirms No Change in Timings for the Tournament
Vinod Rai (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators has confirmed that there would be no change to the timings for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019. In fact, there were reports that the IPL matches could have different timings due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the country. The elections are going to take place in April which has left BCCI in a dilemma for the schedule of the tourney.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed the itinerary for the first two weeks of the tournament. The IPL 2019 will begin from 23 March. The opener of the series will take place between reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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Matches to begin on their standard time.

The schedule of the 17 matches has been announced. Furthermore, the schedule of the remaining matches will be announced after the General Elections dates arrives.

The Committee of Administrators has confirmed the day matches will take place from 4 PM IST whereas the evening matches will begin from 8 PM IST. Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai revealed the evening matches will begin from 8 PM, which has been the standard time for the IPL.

“Matches will begin at 8 pm,” Rai told reports after the CoA meeting.

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In 2018, Chennai won their third IPL title. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“We welcome BCCI’s decision to retain the match timings. Like last year, we wanted the games to have an 8 pm start. This time, we were not yet approached by the BCCI regarding match timings but we were eagerly awaiting its decision,” a team official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League will be a good opportunity for all the players to hit the ground running. The players will like to make the most of the platform to gear up for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019.

On the other hand, India is currently locking horns with Australia in the third ODI. The hosts have taken a lead of 2-0 in the series.

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