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IPL is back in the headlines well before it goes underway. This time BCCI has proposed to start the evening matches at 7 PM and not 8 PM – a trend that has been followed for over 10 years. However, the ball now lies in Star India’s court. In the past, games have extended over midnight either due to Super-Over or matches beginning late due to rains.

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla came up with the idea to start the matches early during the IPL council meeting. The idea was welcomed by the franchises. However, the approval now is upon the broadcasters.

Shukla expressed his views on beginning the matches early to Indian Express: “It was just a thought (starting game at 7pm) and everyone welcomed it but first we need to speak to broadcaster and take their nod. We will work on modalities then. There have been many centres where travelling is major concern. All the issues were discussed and we all thought to start the game but early.”

If the broadcasters agree for an early start, the afternoon matches might also be pushed an hour before i.e. 3 PM. Shukla said everything will have to be approved by Star India, the broadcasters for IPL.

Another topic that was discussed during the meeting was the mid-term transfers of the players during IPL, a system that is followed in football leagues. The system goes like this: A player, who has played only two games out of seven for a franchise, can be transferred to other teams.

Speaking further on this idea, Shukla added, “Every IPL owner agreed to have this in forthcoming season. It will give chance to those players who are good but are not getting opportunities to be part of playing XI of any IPL side. We are having an IPL governing council meeting soon to finalise all these points.”

These points will be discussed in detail when the next meeting is held on December 5 at Delhi.