Former South African star batsman and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player, AB de Villiers has suggested that Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight.
The evening matches of the IPL start at 8 pm IST and almost always run past midnight and this topic of discussion is quite popular these days as former players and pundits have expressed their concern over lengthy game time.
“One easy fix could be to reduce the break between innings from the current 20 minutes to a manageable 10 minutes. The umpires might have to drink their cups of tea a little more quickly, but that would save ten minutes without pain,” he said.
Three captains, Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, have been fined 1.2 million Indian rupees ($17,290) each for over-rate offences and De Villiers said the fines made little impact.