IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla

The last four matches (the Playoffs and the final) of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 will be begin at 7 PM instead of 8 PM. The IPL management arrived at the decision after several games in the group stages have ended past midnight due to slow over rates. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla tod CricketNext that this decision has been taken keeping in mind the general public: “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 play-off games and the final will start an hour earlier. So, instead of the 8pm start, the games will start at 7pm.

“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.”

Eden Gardens, Kolkata will host the Eliminator (on May 23) and Qualifier 2 (May 25). Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai will host to Qualifier 1 (May 22) and the Final (May 27).