IPL matches should not start later than 7:30 even in India: Aakash Chopra

Written by Sumit Seth

Former India opener Aakash Chopra has welcomed the revised match timings for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2020, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates in September due to the coronavirus crisis in India.

This season the IPL matches will start at 7.30 PM IST with the toss taking place 30 minutes prior to the first ball is bowled at 7 PM.

Chopra is relived that an earlier start will ensure that the night matches will get over latest by 11 PM as opposed to 11:30 or 11:45 PM like before.

“The IPL matches starting at 7:30 in the evening is a good move. The matches should not be starting later than 7:30 even in India as well in my opinion, the matches that start at 8 usually end up going till 11:30 or 11:45,” Chopra said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will wait for an official clearance from the Indian government before taking the tournament abroad for the third time in history. IPL was played in South Africa in 2009 and the first half was hosted by UAE in 2014, both times due to the general elections in India.

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