The IPL Governing Council on Tuesday said that the two final league stage games will start concurrently at 7:30 PM IST instead of the usual doubleheader with one game starting in the afternoon.
The last two games will feature Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in one and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals (DC) in the other. The norm till date has been one game at 3:30 PM IST followed by an evening match at 7:30 pm
However, both the games will now start at the same time in order to avoid giving any unfair advantage to any team in case the last match has an outfit that has a mathematical chance of qualification.
"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)," said the release.
The BCCI also announced the tender of IPL media rights for the 2023-2027 cycle. It will be "released immediately" after the induction of two new teams in the IPL on October 25.
"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," the release added.