BCCI announces the introduction of an ‘impact player’ from the next edition of IPL. An experiment that has been in the pipeline for several years will finally see the light of day in IPL 2023 after being successfully implemented in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. The BCCI said the rule, which allows any team to introduce a substitute player in the middle of a match, will add “a new dimension” to the popular tournament. “From the 2023 IPL season, a tactical concept will be introduced to add a new dimension to the IPL where one substitute player per team can take a more active role in an IPL match,” BCCI said on Friday.
What is IPL’s impact player rule and how does it work?
The rule was first successfully trialled in the domestic T20 tournament, with teams gaining tactical advantages from it. In this case, in addition to naming the playing XI, teams will also name four substitutes before the first ball is bowled. Of those, one cricketer can be brought in as a substitute before the end of the 14th over. He will be able to bat and bowl his full quota like any other cricketer.
IPL impact player features
– The impact player’s role has nothing to do with the player he replaces. In other words, unlike concussion substitutes or Supersub concepts used in ODIs between 2005 and 2006, an impact player does not have to be an ideal or comparable substitute for the player they are replacing. For example, a bowler can be replaced by a batter or vice versa.
– There is no limit to the number of balls or overs the impact player can be part of. For example, it does not matter if the impact player has replaced a bowler who has already completed his full quota. He is still eligible to bowl four overs provided only five bowlers bowl the full quota. Same with hitting. An impact player can come into play in place of an already dismissed batsman and still bat as another normal batsman, provided only XI cricketers are batting.
– An impact player cannot be brought in in the middle of an over unless he comes to bat on the fall of a wicket or replaces a fielder who is injured. In the second case, the substituted injured player can no longer participate in the game, even as a substitute.
– In the case of shortened matches due to bad weather conditions, the rule gets a bit complicated. An impact player does not come into play if the match is reduced to 10 overs per side. If it is more than 10 overs, the impact player may enter under the match rules. For example, in the case of an 18-overs-per-side match, an impact should be introduced before the end of the 13th over. In another case, if the game is shortened after one side has already used the impact player, the other team may use it regardless of the number of overs the game has been reduced to.