IPL 2020: No Change in Timing, Final in Mumbai

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council on Monday, 27 January decided against changing timings of the night games from 8 pm to 7.30 pm despite pressure from a few stakeholders.

In a noble gesture, the BCCI will have an All Stars Game between all top international players before the start of IPL for a charitable cause.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that IPL final will be held in Mumbai and not Ahmedabad.

"There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years. There was discussion about 7.30 pm but it's not happening," BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters after meeting.

"We will have only five double headers (4pm and 8 pm) this time," Ganguly said.

"IPL final will be held in Mumbai," Ganguly said.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also said that IPL will also have concussion substitutes from this season.

Under the new ICC rule, a player who has been concussed either while batting, bowling or on the field, can be withdrawn from the game and be replaced subject to approval by the match referee.

On the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), the former India captain said that it has been finalised and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah will make the official announcement soon.

"CAC has been finalised. The Secretary will release it officially. Sulakshana Naik and Madan lal are there. Gautam (Gambhir) is not there," Ganguly said.

Asked if Hardik Pandya, who is recovering from an injury at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, will take part in the Ranji Trophy, he said: "Pandya is not fit yet. He is getting treated at the NCA. He will take time to get fit."

Ganguly also informed that the BCCI is advertising for a nutritionist and biomechanical bowling coach at the NCA.

"We are advertising for a nutritionist and a biomechanical bowling coach," he concluded.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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