The new IPL season will have some new features like concussion substitutes and an all-star game on the eve of the tournament for a charitable cause. Image Credit: IPL

New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) will have concussion substitutes from this season, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said on the sidelines of the league’s governing council meeting here on Monday. The tournament will be played from March 29 to May 24.

Under the new ICC rule, a player who has been concussed either while batting, bowling or on the field, can be withdrawn from the game and be replaced subject to approval by the match referee.

The BCCI will also have an All Stars game between top international players before the start of IPL for a charitable cause.

“We are doing the concussion substitute, the All Star Game and the final is in Mumbai,” Ganguly told reporters here.

Ganguly also said that there will be five double headers (2.30 pm UAE and 6.30 pm) this time.

On the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), the former India captain said that it has been finalised and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah will make the official announcement soon.

“CAC has been finalised. The Secretary will release it officially. Sulakshana Naik and Madan lal are there. Gautam (Gambhir) is not there,” Ganguly said.

Asked if Hardik Pandya, who is recovering from an injury at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, will take part in the Ranji Trophy, he said: “Pandya is not fit yet. He is getting treated at the NCA. He will take time to get fit.”

Ganguly also informed that the BCCI is advertising for a nutritionist and biomechanical bowling coach at the NCA. “We are advertising for a nutritionist and a biomechanical bowling coach,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, asked about the old tradition of the previous year’s winner hosting the opening game and the final match, a BCCI official said that the final is the property of the board and the franchises have nothing to do with it.

“The knockouts are the property of the BCCI and the revenue earned through gate money is the board’s money. The IPL franchises have nothing to do with the knockout matches. The opening match is definitely to be played at the home ground of the previous year’s winner. But nothing of that sort with the final match,” the official said.