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IPL Governing Council changes match timings for the knockout games

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The IPL match timings for the qualifier, eliminator and the final have been shifted from 8pm IST to 7pm IST.

The IPL Governing Council has decided to prepone the timings of the playoff matches and the final. Just days back, the Council had rejected the proposal of the official broadcaster Star to change the match timings but has budged now.

After the league stage, IPL matches will now be played from 7pm onwards instead of original timings of 8 PM. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed the reports and said that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the fans who are responsible for making the league a huge success.

In a statement, Shukla said that IPL matches generally end around midnight which hampers the sleeping patterns of people. The office goers and school going children who form a major share of the IPL audience are the worst affected.

 “The IPL is what it is because of its fans and the tournament has over the years been followed avidly both on the ground and on television at homes. So, keeping the interest of the fans in mind, it was decided that the playoff games and the final will start an hour earlier. So, instead of the 8 PM start, the games will start at 7 PM,” Rajeev Shukla said.

The Chairman went on to say, “It gets difficult not only for those at the stadium but also for those watching on television as students and office-goers also need to get back to their respective stuff next morning and it helps if the game starts an hour earlier” .

The first qualifier of the IPL 2018 would be played on May 22 between the top two teams of the points table at the Wankhede Stadium.

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