The mega Indian domestic season 2018-19, which witnessed over 2000 matches being played, finished on a high with the conclusion of Paytm Women’s U-23 Challenger Trophy final in Ranchi. While the ongoing Indian Premier League‘s final match that is scheduled for May 15 in Hyderabad will officially conclude the Indian cricket season 2018-19, the current domestic calender marked many a first in the history of Indian cricket. Also Read - Dale Steyn Apologizes After His 'PSL is More Rewarding Than IPL' Comment Stirs Controversy
For the first time ever, the Indian domestic season witnessed as many as 2024 matches involving 37 teams amounting to 3444 match days as compared to 1032 matches involving 28 teams amounting to 1892.5 match days in the 2017-18 season. According to a BCCI release, efficient scheduling of tournaments ensured leaner tournament window and reduced operational encumbrances of longer tournament windows. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane on IPL After Dale Steyn's Comments - 'It Gave us Platform to Express'
The statement added that it was a whopping 81 percent jump in match days, which was accommodated with just a 21 percent increase in season window. Throughout the season, 13015 player registrations were received while 6471 players participated in the 2018-19 season. Over 100 cities across India hosted senior as well as different age-group matches. Also Read - IPL vs PSL: Dale Steyn Underlines Drawback of Playing in Indian Premier League, Says Money is Given More Importance, Cricket Takes Back Seat
The BCCI engaged services of 170 video analysts and as many scorers, who ensured every game were scored live on the official website, the release added.