The upcoming 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023 will feature a new rule introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) known as the Impact Player rule. This rule permits teams to substitute one player in their Playing XI during the game. The introduction of this rule is expected to have a significant effect on the outcome of matches, making it a significant development in the world of cricket.
What is the Impact Player rule?
The Impact Player rule permits teams to choose one player from their pool of five substitutes at the beginning of a match, who can be brought into the game at any time during the specified time periods. The team captain nominates the Impact Player to the umpire, who then signals their entry onto the field. The rule can be utilized before the commencement of the innings, after an over has been completed, or in the event of a batsman’s dismissal or retirement at any time during the over.
Who can be an Impact Player?
The Impact Player can only be selected from the five substitute players selected at the start of the game. It is not compulsory to announce the Impact Player at the start of the game, and only one Impact Player can be introduced during the game.
Foreign player rule
A foreign player can only be introduced as an Impact Player if there are fewer than four foreign players in the Playing XI at the start of the match. In no circumstances can a fifth overseas player take the field.
Role of an Impact Player
The Impact Player can bat like a regular batter without any restrictions. The player can also bowl the maximum quota of four overs irrespective of the number of overs bowled by the replaced player. None of the penalties or sanctions applied to the existing player will continue to apply to the Impact Player.
Effect on the toss
The Impact rule is expected to have a significant effect on the toss. Captains who win the toss may now consider selecting their Playing XI based on the pitch conditions and the opposition’s team composition. For example, a team may select a spinner as an Impact Player if the pitch favours spin bowling or a pacer if the pitch favours pace bowling.
The rule also adds a new dimension to in-game strategy. Teams can now change their Playing XI based on the situation of the game. For example, if a team is chasing a big total, they may bring in a hard-hitting batter as an Impact Player to accelerate the run rate. Similarly, if a team needs to defend a low total, they may bring in a specialist bowler as an Impact Player to strengthen their bowling attack.
The Impact Player rule is a game-changer in the world of cricket as it provides an opportunity for teams to replace an injured player during the game. This enables teams to compete at full strength and reduces the impact of injuries on team composition. The rule also adds a new dimension to in-game strategy as captains can now select their Playing XI based on pitch conditions and the opposition’s team composition. In addition, the BCCI has made other tweaks to the playing conditions that will make the game even more exciting. These changes are expected to have a significant impact on the outcome of matches in the IPL.
The BCCI has decided to take a lenient approach to the over-rate penalty. The penalty for every over not completed in the allocated time will now be only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle, instead of the earlier rule of five fielders.
Unfair movement of the wicketkeeper
The wicketkeeper has an important role to play in the game, and any unjustified movements on their part can lead to a substantial advantage for the fielding team. To prevent such situations from arising, the BCCI has introduced a new regulation that entails a dead ball and five penalty runs for any unfair movements made by the wicketkeeper. This new rule is aimed at ensuring that the wicketkeeper remains within the permitted area and refrains from moving before the ball is bowled.
Unfair movement by a fielder
Unjustified movements by a fielder can also lead to an unfair advantage for the fielding team. In order to prevent such occurrences, the BCCI has introduced a new regulation that prescribes a dead ball and five penalty runs for any unfair movement made by a fielder. This new rule is intended to ensure that the fielders adhere to the permissible area and do not make any movements before the ball is bowled.