“As far as the double headers on weekends are concerned, the 4 pm game will now be played at 5.30 pm. There will be an overlap but the broadcaster says it has enough channels to show the games simultaneously,” he said.
The BCCI is hoping to draw more fans inside the stadium, as well as in front of TV and internet, with 5.30 pm start. It was also announced that the IPL 2018 opening ceremony will be held in Mumbai on April 6 while the first game of the season will be played on April 7 in Mumbai. The defending champions’ venue, Mumbai, will also host the final on May 27.
The IPL GC also confirmed that Kings XI Punjab will host four of their home matches in Mohali and the rest in Indore. Jaipur or Pune could be the venues for Rajasthan Royals, who are returning to the league from a two-year suspension. “The matter is in the court, which will most likely decide on the venue issue on Wednesday (January 24). We are waiting for that. Preference will be given to Jaipur if the stadium is ready and the court clears RCA’s status. If that doesn’t happen, Pune will be the venue,” Shukla said.