Mumbai Indians one of the franchises to oppose early start to IPL matches

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to entertain the request of the official broadcaster Star Sports to kick off the night matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at 7:00 pm

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After Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) official broadcaster Star Sports requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to begin the night games of IPL 2019 at 7:00 pm, the board has refused to entertain the proposal. Similar to this year, Star Sports had made the same request last year, only to be turned down by BCCI.

Recently, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) also assured that the timing of the second match of the day which starts at 8:00 pm will not be compromised for election purpose.

As per a Mumbai Mirror report, Mumbai Indians were among the franchises that objected to the idea of changing the match timings.

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A major reason for the request to change the timings by Star network was the safety of the spectators along with the games covering the primetime. The broadcaster, Star Sports had stated that the night transportation in many of the hosting cities of the IPL maybe not as good.

However, IPL organisers in Mumbai were unconvinced by the argument as the transportation in Mumbai has been said to be among the best, ruling out the security factor.

Meanwhile, the fixture of the tournament for the first two weeks (till April 5) only has been revealed as the BCCI was waiting for the Election Commission to come up with the schedule of the general elections.

The cash-rich cricket league kicks off on March 23 in Chennai with a game between defenders Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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