IPL 2020: The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will hold discussions on Monday with reference to starting the night session of the forthcoming season at 8:30 pm instead of 8 pm. During the meeting on Monday, a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of top BCCI functionaries including Chairman Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jai Shah is also expected to be finalized which will interview the candidates for the national selection panel.
It is learned that Gautam Gambhir and Sulakshana Naik Lodha are not eligible to make a place in the CAC as per the recommendations of the committee. Gambhir has retired in the 2018-19 season and he is also an MP. Naik also played domestic cricket in the 2018-19 season and to become a member of the CAC, one must retire at least five years before active cricket.
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There will be a second meeting of the IPL Governing Council headed by former Test batsman Brijesh Patel in which the schedule of the 2020 season is expected to be finalized. According to the recommendations of the Lodha Committee, there is a 15-day gap between the IPL final and India’s next international event.
A senior BCCI member told PTI on condition of anonymity, ‘The broadcasters want the matches to start early (seven or seven o’clock) and also not have two matches at the weekend. This issue will be discussed. The full schedule is likely to be discussed in the Governing Council meeting.
Another issue is the debut of the IPL venue at Guwahati’s Barsapara Stadium which will be Rajasthan Royals’ second home ground. Apart from this, the number of teams in the 2021 season can also be discussed. There is a demand to make the IPL a league of 10 teams by adding two more franchises and running it for more than two months.
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