BCCI shocked IPL franchises; made massive changes to the "Impact Player" rule
However, to make the next edition more interesting a few days ago the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced a new rule of "Impact Player" for the upcoming edition of the league, which will allow all teams to use one player as a substitute during a live match to change the situation.
This rule allows a team to replace any player with another player before the 14th over of the inning, and he can take part in the team as a full member without having a like-for-like replacement clause.
However, the BCCI is willing to make some changes to that rule. Some reports suggest that the "Impact Player" rule will only apply to Indian players. That means the teams couldn't use any overseas player as impact player during the game. Although any official statement is yet to come from the BCCI.
As per the report of Cricbuzz, all the franchises have already been informed about the required change that the "impact player" rule will be applied to only Indian players and no overseas players will be used by this rule. Even an overseas player can't replace another overseas player in the team.
The report further confirms that that rule will ensure that only four overseas players will take part in the playing XI. Notably, the "impact player" rule was first used as a trial in a local T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) 2022.
This rule has been inspired mainly by football and a few other sports. The BCCI said that this rule was brought in to make the game more interesting and to add totally new dimensions to this game.
The rule suggests that a team will have to name four players as substitutes for the playing XI before the ball is bowled. One player from those four can be used as an impact player during the game but before the 14th over of the inning. The player who was replaced would not take any further part in the game.