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The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League has created much interest amongst cricket fans as the new edition is coming to excite its fans in a completely new form. With two new franchises and an updated format, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has altered some rules for IPL 2022. Check out the 5 revised rules which have been introduced in the cash-rich tournament ahead of its 15th edition.

Rule 1: Increase in the number of referrals (DRS) from one to two

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has increased the number of referrals per innings from one to two for the forthcoming season of the T20 competition.

“In each innings, each team shall be allowed to make a maximum of two Player Review requests that are categorised as ‘unsuccessful’,” states clause 3.6.1 in Appendix of the playing conditions. The operational rules and the tournament playing conditions were shared by IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin with franchise representatives earlier this month.

Rule 2: New batter to take strike despite crossover

In another big change made in the IPL, the new batter will take strike irrespective of whether the earlier batters have crossed over or not in case of a caught dismissal unless it is the fresh start to an over. The same was suggested in the new rules by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) but hasn't been in practice yet in international cricket.

Rule 3: Duration of strategic time out increased

The strategic timeout (two per innings) has increased from 2:30 minutes to 3 minutes.

Rule 4: Matches to be rescheduled if a team has been affected by COVID-19

There has been a change in rule related to the failure of a team to field an eleven due to COVID-19. As per the new rule while the first attempt would be to reschedule the match at a later date, if the same is not possible, the decision of the IPL technical committee will be final.

The operational rules specify that at least 12 players, with a minimum of seven Indians, will be required for a team to take the field in the event of a COVID-19-related situation. In case the minimum number of required players are unavailable, the BCCI will reschedule the game.

Rule 5: Super Over rules changed

If a Super Over or subsequent Super Overs cannot be organised due to some reason within the time available, the team which finished higher in the points table will be adjudged the winner. This rule will govern the decisions only for the Playoff fixtures including the final.

"If conditions do not permit a Super Over, or subsequent Super Overs within the time available to determine the winner as described, then the team which, at the end of the relevant regular season, finished in the higher position in the league table will be deemed the winner of the relevant play-off match," the official statement reads.

IPL 2022 will start on March 26 with defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the tournament opener.