IPL 2019 to have 8pm start

All the league games of the Indian Premier League beginning March 23 will start at the usual prime time slot of 8 pm, said CoA chief Vinod Rai on Thursday.

Indian Premier League will begin on March 23 with the first match featuring Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.   -  K.V. S. Giri

All the league games of the Indian Premier League beginning March 23 will start at the usual prime time slot of 8 pm, said CoA chief Vinod Rai on Thursday.

The afternoon matches will start at 4 pm.

There was speculation that the BCCI was under pressure to change the timings of the night matches to 7 pm when most teams wanted the Board to stick to the 8 pm slot.

“Matches will begin at 8 pm,” said Rai after the COA meeting here.

Even last year, there was speculation that the matches will have an earlier 7 pm start but all league games began at 8 pm. However, the play-offs including the final began at 7 pm.

“We welcome BCCI’s decision to retain the match timings. Like last year, we wanted the games to have an 8 pm start. This time, we were not yet approached by the BCCI regarding match timings but we were eagerly awaiting its decision,” a team official said.

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the first two weeks of IPL while the full schedule will be announced after dates of general elections are made public. Defending champion Chennai Super Kings will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opener on March 23 in Chennai.