Impact Player Rule, IPL Stadium

BCCI is planning to add Impact Player rule in T20. Including IPL 2023.

The BCCI is going to bring a big change in Indian cricket. In this year’s SMAT (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy), the Impact Player rule will be applicable. This rule will be put into place in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting from October 11, 2022. But what is impact player rule? and how does it work? Let’s find out.

ESPN Cricinfo says that the BCCI has wanted to use this system in the IPL for a long time. However, it has been decided that it will be used first in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Where it If successful, it will be implemented in IPL 2023.  Because, according to Cricinfo, it is written in the e-mail of BCCI that the popularity of T20 cricket is increasing continuously, we will have to constantly make such efforts and make changes. So this format attracts people. That is the reason they are adding this impact player rule.

From this point of view, if we look at the team’s point of view as well, it will be very interesting from the strategic point of view.  Why does the BCCI want to introduce the idea of a impact player? So that both teams can replace one of their playing 11 during a Twenty20 match.

What is impact player rule?

During the toss, the captain of the team will announce the names of the four substitutes. One of these four players can be used as an impact player. Remember out of the four Only one of these players is Impact player and can take the place of any of the 11 players. 

How will this new impact player rule work? 

But this work can be done only till the 14th over of both innings. After that no impact player is allowed. If anyone comes till the 14th over, he can bowl four overs or even complete batting.  Let me simplify this more. Let’s say one bowler has done 3 overs before the 14th over, but if an impact player replaces him, in this situation, the impact player can do his 4 overs. Similarly, the same can be done with batsmen. If a batsman is out, replacing an impact player, then he will be able to bat.

In one-day cricket, a super subsystem was introduced in ODI cricket between 2005 and 2006. The BBL, i.e., the Big Bash League that is played in Australia, has an x-factor that rules any team before the match can replace one player after the first 10 overs.  That player should not have batted or bowled. Similar is being done in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.  BCCI expects the team to gain tactical flexibility.

Let me tell you more about this rule.

The impact player can come only after the first over, not in between the overs.  But if there is a wicket out from the batting team, then the impact player can be changed. While playing, you can do this thing only when the over breaks or someone gets injured. The player who goes out after becoming a substitute will not be able to be a part of the match again. In any case, a substitute cannot be a fielder.

What will be the impact on cricket?

 I can now tell you that the role of the toss in this system may decrease. Yes, how does it happen? Let’s say if team A batted first and wanted to improve their bowling, they could use an impact player and add in player 11. And if team B batted second and the pitch was cracked, the ball was turning a lot, in that case, the batting team could add an impact player. If a player gets injured during the match, they will also be compensated.

In team sports like football, hockey, in all these sports, we have consistently seen these rules used most brilliantly. Let me share an example with you. In the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in the 120th minute, in the last minute of extra time, they substituted their goalkeeper. The new goalkeeper was Timothy Michael Krul. Krul had taken his team to the semi-finals by making two saves in the penalty shootout.

So by this rule, we can witness the same in the future, maybe. Do you feel that this will increase the complications? or will the Impact player rule be successful.

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