Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Last Two IPL league matches are to be played together on 8 October

Last Two IPL league matches are to be played together on 8 October

In the first, the final two matches of the league phase of the IPL will start together. As per the initial schedule, the league phase was scheduled to end with a doubleheader on 8 October.

In the morning match, beginning at 11 am UAE time, Sunrisers Hyderabad was scheduled to face defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. Starting at 6 pm UAE time, the evening match would see Royal Challengers Bangalore play Delhi Capitals. Both games will start at the same time on 8 October, at 6 pm India time zone.

While the BCCI announced the decision via a media release on Tuesday, saying both matches will be playing "concurrently," it did not explain the exact reasoning behind the move. However, ESPNcricnfo understands that suggestion to have both games run in parallel was giving by Star, the IPL broadcaster. It is learning that Star wanted to do a trial run in preparation for the 2022 season when the IPL will be an event with several doubleheaders.

The last time IPL was a 10-team event was in 2011 when there were 70 league matches and four playoff games. The last time more than eight teams took part in IPL was in 2013, when nine teams participated and played 76 games.

Two new IPL franchises on 25 October

On Tuesday, the IPL Governing Council also decided to unveil the two new franchises on 25 October. The deadline to submit the bids was recently extending to 10 October. It is learning that about 11 bidders have bought the tender document so far. The BCCI has set the minimum bid price for each of the new franchises in the region at INR 2000 crore. There are six cities on the log, including Guwahati, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Cuttack, with successful bidders owning the new teams for perpetuity.

The BCCI has also marked to issue a tender for the IPL media rights for the next cycle (2023-27) on 25 October. The IPL media rights are the most lucrative property in cricket. In 2017, Star India paid a record 16,347.5 crore (US$ 2.55 billion then) to bag the consolidated IPL rights - both television and digital worldwide - for the 2018-22 seasons.

Back then, the BCCI has put the bids for seven categories: television in India, digital in India, and rights for the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the rest of the world. For the five international markets, the bids included both television and digital rights.

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