The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is quickly approaching. Players and cricket fans alike are looking forward to the commencement of the world's largest T20 tournament. To make the 2023 IPL season more entertaining, the BCCI has implemented numerous new rules. The most discussed rule is the Impact Player rule.
According to the Impact Player rule, a team can bring in an Impact Player at any moment during an inning to replace a player from the playing 11 during the match. Before the toss, each club will name 5 substitutes in addition to the starting Eleven, according to the new IPL impact rule. In the contest, one of these five substitutes can be deployed as an Impact Player.
The BCCI tried the Impact Player rule during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in October-November 2022.
An Impact Player can be introduced before to the start of an innings, at the end of an over, when a wicket falls, or when a batter retires.
If the impact player is a bowler who comes in after a wicket falls, he is not permitted to bowl the remaining balls of the over.
If a player is wounded, an Impact Player can take his place. In such circumstances, the "replaced player" will be removed from the game.
The Impact Player must enter the game before the 14th over of either innings.
Before making the move, the Captain will nominate the Impact Player and notify the on-field umpire.
Unless there are less than four overseas players in the initial playing 11, the Impact Player must be an Indian.
Regardless of who he replaces, the Impact Player can bat or bowl his complete four overs.
Bringing in the "Impact Player" during the game is optional. Teams can choose whether or not to utilise the Impact Player.
Instead of handing up team sheets before the coin toss, captains will now be free to name their starting 11 and four substitute fielders after the toss. That implies a captain can carry two team sheets and give over one based on whether his team bats or bowls first. This regulation was tested during the 2022-23 SA20.
Players can now use DRS to review wides or no-balls provided by the on-field umpires in addition to evaluating the umpire's decision for out or not out. This rule was implemented with limited success during the WPL 2023 and will now be used for the first time in the IPL 2023. It will be fascinating to watch how the captains utilised this in such a stressful and close contest.
Teams must begin bowling the 20th over of the innings before the 90-minute time limit expires. If a team falls behind in the over rate, the bowling team will be limited to four fielders outside the 30-yard circle for each over that is not completed within the allotted time. For example, if a team bowled only 18 overs before the end of the 90-minute period, the next two overs will be bowled with only four fielders outside the 30-yard cricket instead of the customary five.
If the on-fleider notices an undue movement by the wicketkeeper or any fielder before the delivery is bowled, the fielding side will be penalised 5 runs. In addition, the delivery will be declared a dead ball.