With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 just days away from the start, the Broad of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a couple of changes in some of its rules, along with introducing new rules like the ‘Impact Player’. It is to be noted that this rule was recently experimented in the recently concluded SA20.
If reports are to be believed, the new rule will be signaled in completely different way during the match. As reported by The Indian Express, umpires will need to cross their hands above their head and clench their fists to signal for an impact player.
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What is the ‘Impact Player’ rule?
The newly introduced ‘Impact Player’ rule allows a team to make tactical substitution during each match. In this rule as explained by BCCI, teams are required to disclose the names of four probable substitutions and could use one player as a replacement for Playing XI player, who wouldn’t be allowed to take part in the remaining match.
“Teams need to identify playing XI and 4 substitutes at the time of the toss. Out of the 4 substitutes named in the team sheet, only one of the players can be used as an Impact Player. Player who is replaced by an Impact Player can no longer take part in the remainder of the match and is also not permitted to return as a substitute fielder. If a player gets injured while fielding in mid-over, the current playing condition prevails under 24.1 substitute fielder,” the BCCI’s statement said.
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