Here's how the BCCI's new rule of "Impact Player" will impact the IPL and Domestic cricket
Cricket is one of the most followed sports in the world, and that is the reason over 100 countries across the globe play this game. Over a period of time, we have seen a lot of changes in this game. The game has changed rapidly, especially since the inception of T20 cricket.
Now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a totally new and exciting rule for "impact player" during a game. It will come into play from this season on the domestic circuit, in which a team will be allowed to replace one player from their XI during a T20 game.
The Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy will be the first tournament, which will begin on October 11, to use this rule. Some reports also suggest that the BCCI is also looking to use this rule in the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023.
This rule says that a team can change a player in their playing XI during the game if they feel it is required. For the team and players to get used to this rule, the Indian board will implement it in state cricket first.
How will the "Impact Player" rule work in IPL? Here's how it will get tested in State Cricket and Syed Mushtaq Ali.
- The team can change one player from its playing XI during the ongoing T20 game.
- The Indian Board stated that this rule has got its inspiration from the substitution rule from other sports like football, basketball, rugby and others.
- To make the teams and players get used to this new rule, the Indian board will implement it in state cricket first.
- The new rule of "Impact Player" will let one substitute player per side to take part in the game with more enthusiasm.
- This rule will add more strategic and tactical elements to the game.
- The "Impact Player" can be used at any time during the game before the completion of the 14th over of the innings of ether innings in the game. Once the "Impact Player" joins, he can bat and even bowl his full quote of four overs.
- Before the inclusion of the "Impact Player", both the on-field and fourth umpire need to be informed.
- The player who was replaced by the "Impact Player" will not be able to take further part in the remaining duration of the game. He can't even return as a substitute fielder in the match.
The "Impact Player" rules appear to be quite exciting, as it will be important to consider how and when teams use their Impact Player as well as how much they can alter the match's complexities at any given time.
The Indian board has, however, made it clear that it is only an experiment for the current Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy season. They haven't yet considered including it in the Indian Premier League (IPL) or women's cricket.