BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said there will only five double headers this time (Photo Credit: File Photo)
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played in Mumbai on May 24. The 13th edition of IPL will be played from March 29 to May 24. There will only five double headers (two matches on same day) this time. While the night matches (on weekends and weekdays) will have usual 8pm start, the evening matches on these five double-header days will begin at 4 pm.
The IPL Governing Council decided against changing the timings, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announced on Monday.
"There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like earlier years," Ganguly told reporters after the IPL Governing Council meeting.
"We will have only five double headers (4pm and 8 pm) this time. We have decided to reduce the number of double headers," Ganguly said adding that the "final will be held in Mumbai."
In a first, concussion substitute and 'third umpire no ball' will also be introduced in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, the former India captain informed.
"The concussion substitute and the no ball rule are new additions for the season," he said.
New concussion rules were introduced in Test format as well last year.
The third umpire will now make the exclusive 'no ball' call instead of the on-field umpires. It was trialled during the recent India and West Indies ODI series
In a noble gesture, the BCCI will have an 'All Stars Game' between all top international players before start of the IPL on March 29 for a charitable cause. The venue for the game, though, has not been decided as yet. Ganguly said the BCCI will handover the proceeds to an appropriate forum.