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IPL needs to get into the gym: AB de Villiers on late-night finishes in IPL 2019

first_imgIPL needs to get into the gym: AB de Villiers on late-night finishes in IPL 2019Quite a few matches have stretched over the stipulated time of three-and-a-half hours in IPL 2019, which in turn has resulted in fines for the captain of the teams who maintained slow over-rates.advertisement India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 12:56 IST RCB have been guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate in a game this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKohli, Rohit and Rahane have been fined Rs 12 lakh each for mainting slow over-rateAccording to IPL rules, a match needs to be over in three-and-a-half hoursAB de Villiers feels mid-innings break could be reduced to 10 minutes to tackle over-rates issueRoyal Challengers Bangalore superstar AB de Villiers had a funny take on the increasing number of matches stretching nearly four hours in this edition of the Indian Premier League which has led to captains being fined for not maintaining a healthy over rate.Quite a few matches have stretched over the stipulated time of three-and-a-half hours this season, which in turn has resulted in late-night finishes. The long hours and travel days immediately after the games is taking a toll on the players and support staff.Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody and Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming have already voiced their concerns on this issue.And now AB de Villiers has offered a unique fix for this problem and suggested that the IPL needs to hit the gym this year.”There’s no shame involved, and it happens to everybody in middle age, but it’s important to stay in shape. Maybe the IPL needs to get into the gym. Matches are supposed to be completed within three-and-a-half hours, enough time for both innings, strategic time-outs and a break.”However, in 2019, IPL games have been running for longer than four hours, with matches starting at 8 pm and finishing well past midnight,” de Villiers wrote in his column for The Times of India.Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals) and Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) have already paid fines of Rs 12 lakh once each for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences.But the de Villiers feels the monetary fines are not having the desired effect on the captains or their teams.advertisement”There is a system in place whereby the captain is penalised if his team fails to maintain the required over rate while bowling. This involves a fine for the first offence followed by suspension, but the impact of these measures appears minimal, roughly equivalent to the weight loss of an obese gentleman who orders to giant hamburgers and a diet Coke!” de Villiers wrote.The former South Africa captain suggested that the mid-innings break could be reduced from 20 minutes to 10 for future games.”One easy fix could be to reduce the break between innings from the current 20 minutes to a manageable 10 minutesWhen a super over had been completed to decide the match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders, it felt as if it was time for breakfast,” de Villiers wrote.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow AB de VilliersFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL Code of ConductFollow Over-rate offencelast_img read more