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IPL 2018: Playoff matches to start an hour earlier?

The IPL Governing Council is keen to get the matches to start at 7:00 pm with a number of matches which start at 8:00 pm ending beyond midnight

IPL 2018: Playoff matches to start an hour earlier?
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The IPL Governing Council is keen to start the matches an hour early to the original time (8:00 pm IST) which has been starting time since the first season

With a number of matches in the IPL this season extended beyond the midnight hour, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) is contemplating advancing the start time to 7:00 pm for the playoffs and final.

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IPL Governing Council chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that they were looking to alter the timing and also recalled how there had been talks of doing so for all the matches during the build-up to this season.

“What happens is that the night games get over by midnight. We wanted to start the games early from the beginning, but some of the franchises didn’t agree to it. They especially had a problem with them on weekends which generally have a double-header scheduled. The playoff stage has a single game on the day and we can start by 7:00 pm so that the people who come to the ground can enjoy the match and also reach home on time,” Shukla said.

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The tournament is about to enter its final stage in the fourth week of May with a playoff game between the 1st and 4th ranked teams and two eliminators to decide the other finalist before IPL 2018 comes to a close on May 27 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

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