The Indian Premier League final could now be held on October 15 as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to reduce the number of double-headers to avoid the September heat in the United Arab Emirates.
While the Board is expected to announce the final schedule of the tournament in two weeks, Sportstar understands that the tournament will begin on September 19.
The target is to reduce the double-headers to six or seven as against 10. And the BCCI and Emirates Cricket Board are now planning to make the most of the September 15-October 15 window.
After deliberations with the local authorities, the BCCI officials believe that having 10 matches in the afternoon could be challenging for the teams in such a short window. “The players will have a long season, so it is advisable that we avoid double-headers as much as possible,” a Board insider said.