The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a media release announced via a media release that the last two league games of the IPL 2021 tournament will take place simultaneously. The decision was taken in the Governing Council meeting on Tuesday. It is the first time the national cricket governing body has taken such a decision since the inception of IPL.
This means that instead of taking place in the afternoon, the doubleheader game will take place concurrently with the evening game. The last matches of the league stage will be SunRisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals on October 8.
“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently. On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST),” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated in the official media release.
The move has received a welcoming response from the involved franchises. “Excellent idea, we are so happy about this. It would deny any possible advantage to the team playing second,” said Parth Jindal, the owner of Delhi Capitals.
As per a report by Cricbuzz, the move was made due to the request of the broadcaster Star network. However, the report further stated that it is an experiment for future seasons, which is going to witness the addition of two more teams in the tournament and hence, a larger window.
Furthermore, in Tuesday’s meeting the board also the announcement of the media rights for the IPL.
“The IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021,” read the BCCI statement.
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