IPL 2018: Tournament Dates Announced, Match Timings Changed
The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held from 7 April to 27 May with the tournament opener and final to be played in Mumbai, the IPL Governing Council (GC) announced on Monday, 22 January.
The opening ceremony will take place in Mumbai on 6 April.
Accepting broadcaster Star Sports’ request, the IPL GC has also allowed a shift in timings of the matches. The 8 pm game will now begin at 7 pm while the 4 pm start has now been pushed to 5.30pm.
“As far as the doubleheaders on weekends are concerned. The 4 pm game will now be played at 5.30pm. There will be an overlap but the broadcaster says it has enough channels to show the games simultaneously,” Shukla said further.
At the meeting, it was also decided that Kings XI Punjab will play four of their home games in Mohali and three in Indore.
The home matches of Rajasthan Royals, who are returning to IPL after serving a two-year ban, will be finalized after the Rajasthan High Court’s hearing on 24 January.
“The matter is in court. I think on 24th (Wednesday), the court may dispose of the matter. We are waiting for that.
Preference will be given to Jaipur if the stadium is ready and court clears RCA’s status. If that doesn’t happen, the alternate venue will be Pune,” said Shukla.
The IPL had on Saturday, 20 January, announced that this year’s IPL auction, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on 27 and 28 January, would feature 578 players. With 18 players retained, 182 slots are up for grabs.