2019 hasn’t even begun and we are already expecting the 12th season of the Indian Premier League 2019. Yes, the next year will be the year of big tournaments as other than all the regular T20 tournaments, there is a giant waiting for us next year – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The Cricket world cup will be starting on the 30th of May, 2019 in England and will end on 14 July. Considering this the IPL 2019 schedule and venues have been changed.
Now, the IPL 2019 will be played outside India, most probably in South Africa, as confirmed by the BCCI so far.
Few Changes introduced in the IPL 2019
Decision Review System (DRS)
Last year the Decision Review System was introduced for the first time in IPL. IPL 2019 will also feature DRS. BCCI finally introduced the DRS after a series of discussions. The DRS will feature Hawkeye created UltraEdge and increased the frame rates per second. In IPL 2018, each team got one review per innings, and the third umpire will have access to both ball-tracking and Ultra Edge.
For the first time in IPL 2018, Mid-season transfer was introduced. A short five-day transfer window has been created on the lines of league football. However, this window would only be open for uncapped players and those who have played no more than two matches till the halfway stage of the tournament. The mid-season transfer rule is also beneficial to the selling franchise because they would be able to recoup some of the cash they doled out in player auctions.
Where to watch on TV
For the first time in the history of IPL, the IPL matches were not broadcasted in Sony Network. Last year, Star India grabbed the ‘Global Media Rights’ of IPL broadcasting for 5 years for a whopping amount of Rs 16,347.50 crore. Previously, Sony Network was responsible for IPL broadcasting from 2008 to 2017. The ‘global media rights’ include the Indian television, digital as well as the overseas broadcast and digital media rights.
This means the IPL 2019 will also be telecast on the Star Sports network. Star Sports will broadcast the matches with English and Hindi commentary as well as in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bangla on their regional channels.
Just like IPL 2018, IPL 2019 will also be available in virtual reality (VR) format on Hotstar which is also the Star’s Network online streaming service.
Sanjay Gupta, Managing director of Star India said, “In India, between 600 and 700 million people follow cricket. However, of these, not more than 30 million would have seen a live cricket match in a stadium. We want to enhance the experience for those who can’t make it to the stadiums. Through Hotstar, using technology, we have made the virtual reality option available this year.”
There are two ways to view the IPL in VR on Hotstar. Firs one is via VR headsets available in market. Hotstar’s back-end technology will now include compatibility with VR devices. Another option within the app will be to pause the match at any given time, and swipe/tilt the phone to get a 360-degree view of the ground. This tech was used last year in the IPLs and it was quite successful.
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