every season, the Indian Premier League (IPL) introduces some innovative elements to make it better and more exciting.
The 2023 season of the cash-rich league will be no different. Cricket fans will see the introduction of the ‘Impact Player’ rule and the return of the home-and-away format.
The word ‘exciting’ naturally comes to everyone’s mind when one talks about ‘new’ things in life or in general. Similarly, the return of the ‘Impact Player’ rule and home and away format will completely change the dynamics of the IPL.
Many team sports such as football, rugby, basketball, baseball allow teams to make tactical substitutions. In cricket too, there have been different types of player ‘substitution’ rules in different leagues, but 2023 will be the first season to feature an impact player in the IPL.
What is the Impact Player Rule and how does it work?
As per the impact player rule, a team has to list four substitute players at the toss in addition to the playing XI. They can use any one of the four subs as their impact player.
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A captain may bring in an impact player before the start of an innings; at the end of an over; And when the wicket falls or the batsman retires. However, if the bowling team brings on an impact player during an over – at the fall of a wicket or if a batsman retires – they will not be allowed to bowl the remainder of the over.
The rule further states that the replaced player shall play no further part in the game, not even as a substitute fielder. As far as restrictions are concerned, if a team names four overseas players in their starting XI, they can only bring in one Indian as an impact player. This is to limit the number of foreign players per game to four per team.
However, if a team starts with only three or fewer foreign players in their XI, they may bring in one foreign player as an impact player, but they must choose the foreign player as part of their four choices at the toss. has to be nominated.
When the bowling team brings in their impact player, they will be allowed to bowl their full quota of four overs, regardless of the number of overs bowled by the player they are replacing. Furthermore, there would be no change in the implementation of the Impact Player rule if “the delayed start reduces the total amount of overs available to both sides to less than 20 overs per innings before the start of the match”.
return of home and away format
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, IPL has been held at a few venues. In 2020, the league was played behind closed doors across three venues in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
In 2021 as well, the tournament was to be held at four venues – Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai. Four stadiums in Maharashtra hosted all the matches of the league IPL 2022 season except for the playoffs and finals in Kolkata and Ahmedabad respectively.
However, with the pandemic under control for now and the BCCI conducting a full domestic season, the cash-rich league will revert to its old format with each team playing one home and one away match.
With IPL returning to the traditional Home and Away basis, the teams will have to chalk out their strategy and finalize their playing XI accordingly. CSK will return to the Chepauk Stadium where their spinners will play a big role while Mumbai Indians will enjoy pace and bounce at the Wankhede Stadium.
Similarly, for each team, home conditions will be in their favor and so will the support of the fans. The likes of Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants are only one season old so it will be interesting to see how they take advantage of their home grounds in Ahmedabad and Lucknow respectively.
On Friday, the franchises also picked players during the IPL 2023 mini-auction keeping in mind the ‘Impact Player’ rule and the home and away format. Overall, things seem to have settled down and an exciting season of T20 cricket in IPL awaits fans in India and around the world.
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