Indian Premier League (IPL) has more fan following than any T20 cricket league in the world. While leagues like Big Bash League (BBL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) have struggled to get a full house of late, most IPL matches have stadiums filled with fans supporting their respective teams.
But quite often the needs of the fans have been ignored by the organisers despite earning millions from them in form of match tickets. The timings of IPL matches has been an issue for a long time now. The 8 PM start results in a match that goes beyond 11:30 PM making it tough for the fans in every way possible. The two and a half minute long strategic time outs (two timeouts per innings) only add to the delay in the proceedings.
Fans who watch matches at the stadium are the ones who suffer most because of the delays. The spectators are already paying big bucks for the match tickets but their expenses after the match multiply as they have trouble finding public transport late at night. Even cab aggregators apps show surge prices after a game.
An early start to the IPL playoff matches will ensure that fans can reach home without any difficulty by using public transport as most of them are from middle class backgrounds and cannot afford expensive fares of taxis and autos.
Not just fans, it will be helpful for players as well. Captains will obviously won’t care about the slow over rate when the IPL title is at stake. They will take as much time as they want to work out their plans to ensure their team’s victory.