The Indian Premier League governing council on Monday decided against changing timings of the evening games from 8 pm to 7.30 pm despite pressure from a few stakeholders.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will have an All Stars Game between all top international players before the start of the Indian Premier League for a charitable cause. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that IPL final will be held in Mumbai and not Ahmedabad.

“There will be no change in the timing of IPL night games. It will start from 8 pm like the earlier years. There was discussion about 7.30 pm but it’s not happening [this year]” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters after meeting. “We will have only five double headers [4 pm and 8 pm] this time,” Ganguly said. “IPL final will be held in Mumbai,” the former India captain added.

Concussion substitutes

BCCI said a concussion substitute and a third umpire for no balls would be introduced in the upcoming IPL. “The concussion substitute and the no-ball rule are new additions for the season,” the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, told Cricbuzz.

In August, new rules for concussion substitutes adopted by the International Cricket Council were used for the first time in Test cricket when Australia’s Steve Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne during the Ashes.