Indian Premier League (IPL) finally has a tentative schedule. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) wants the league to begin on September 26 (a Saturday) and conclude on November 8 (Sunday) — a period of 44 days to host 60 games.Broadcaster Star India and the franchises are reported to have reservations about this ‘constricted scheduling’. According to industry sources, Star wants to make optimum use of the Diwali week in a bid to rake in advertisements in these lean times. Diwali is on November 14, a Saturday, and Star wants the IPL to conclude that weekend. Those opposing BCCI’s timetable say it’ll mean more afternoon matches, which would affect visibility and ratings.BCCI’s lack of enthusiasm for the Diwali dates stems from its commitment to Cricket Australia (CA) that India will tour Down Under later this year for a four-Test series starting December 3, for which the team would have to arrive much earlier. Read Also: BCCI told to pay Deccan Chargers Rs 4,800 croreSaid a senior board official, “If the IPL concludes by November 8, the team can fly to Australia by the 10th, undergo Covid tests and start practice and warm-up matches so that the first Test can begin as… Read full this story
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