The members of the Caribbean Premier League and Women’s CPL on Saturday, August 12 introduced a new rule with the 2023 edition just round the corner. The CPL organisers announced strict penalties for teams for maintaining slow over-rate as they introduced the red card.
The organisers on Saturday, revealed a red-card rule, which will be implemented in the upcoming edition of the T20 tournament. As per the rule, if a team is bowling slowly, a player would be removed from the ground if the fielding side is behind the schedule at the start of the 20th over.
CPL Tournament Operations Director, Michael Hall in the release said, “We have been disappointed that our T20 games have been getting longer and longer each year, and we want to do what we can to arrest this trend. It is the duty of those involved in cricket to ensure that the game keeps moving and we have sensitised both the franchises and our match officials to this duty ahead of the tournament.”
Addressing the new rule, he further added, “If behind the required over rate at the start of the 18 th over, one additional player must enter the fielding circle - for a total of five players inside the circle. If still behind the rate at the start of the 19 th over, two additional fielders must enter the fielding circle - for a total of six inside the circle. If still behind the rate at the start of the final over, teams will lose a player from the field.”
Hall also added that the player who will move out of the field will be decided by the captain and the game will continue to have six players inside the fielding circle. Additionally, he also spoke of the onus which the batting side will have of the same. “After a first and final warning from the umpires, the batting team will be slapped with a five-run penalty for each instance of time wasting.”
Talking about the tournament, the 2023 edition of the Caribbean Premier League is set to kickstart from August 17 with Jamaica Tallawahs taking on the St Lucia Kings in Gros Islet. Meanwhile the Women’s CPL will begin on September 1 with Barbados Royals taking on Guyana Amazon Warriors.