BCCI tests ‘Impact Player’ substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ahead of IPL introduction: Report

BCCI wants to introduce its Impact Player rule, which will allow teams to use one tactical substitute in every match in the IPL, after it has been smoothly implemented in the men’s domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT), which will begin on October 11. The BCCI clarified the idea of ​​its Impact Player rule, which would allow teams to field one tactical substitute each game, in an email to state unions.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI has been happy to introduce the tactical substitute in the IPL in recent years, but has decided it would be wise to do so in the SMAT first.

If all goes according to plan, the Impact Player replacement will appear in IPL 2023.

“With the ever-growing popularity of T20 cricket, it is imperative that we look at introducing new dimensions that will make this format more attractive and interesting not only for our viewers, but also for the participating teams from a strategic point of view. The BCCI would like to introduce the concept of ‘IMPACT PLAYER’ where participating teams can substitute one member of their playing XI during a T20 match based on the context of the game,” the BCCI email read.

Along with the starting eleven, teams will name four substitutes in their team sheet at the toss and use one of the four during the match.

The player may bat and bowl his full allotted number of overs and may substitute any starting XI player at any time until the 14th over of either inning is completed. The Impact Player rule has a wide tactical scope and there are no actual restrictions on the role it can play. For example, if the team only uses 11 batters, the Impact Player can take the place of a batter who has already been fired and still gets to bat. He can also take the place of a bowler who has already thrown a few overs and can still complete his four overs allotment.

By comparing the Impact Player rule to other tactical substitution methods tested elsewhere, it offers more tactical freedom. In the ODI Supersub system that existed in 2005 and 2006, the Supersub’s job coincided with that of the player it replaced, meaning that it could only bowl the remaining overs of the replacement player’s quota and not bat. if the original player had already done so. have been fired.

The X-Factor rule, in effect in the BBL in Australia, allows teams to replace a member of their starting XI midway through the first innings (the ten-over in a full T20 game), provided the replacement player hasn’t skipped or bowled more than one yet.

The regulation can reduce the effect of the throw. For example, a team has a chance to improve its bowling arsenal for the challenge of bowling second when it loses the toss and draws in the dew. Similarly, the club hitting second can add a batter to its lineup if the field turns square. The decision will also help teams minimize the consequences of a player sustaining an injury during the match.

With two exceptions, if a batting side sends the Impact Player on the fall of a wicket or if the fielding team replaces the Impact Player for an injured fielder in the middle of an over, the Impact Player can only be introduced at the end of an over and not during it.

The player who has been substituted cannot play again, even as a substitute outfield.

A bowler who has bowled two beamers into an over and is suspended may be replaced by the Impact Player, but that player may not bowl.

Can teams with shortened games use an Impact Player?

Yes, but not if the match is cut to less than 10 overs on each side due to a delayed start. With a sliding cut-off mark, the Impact Player can be introduced if the planned number of overs per inning is greater than ten. For example, in a game of 17 overs on each side, the Impact Player may enter the field before the 13th over of either inning is completed. He can make over in a game with 11 overs aside before the end of the ninth.

Regardless of the number of overs being reduced, either team can deploy an Impact Player if the game starts as a full T20 game and the side that bats first has had at least 10 overs when play is interrupted.

The second team may still use its Impact Player if the game is changed such that a team has already used its Impact Player but the second innings is still longer than ten overs, for example before the end of the seventh over in a nine-over. over innings or before the end of the third over in a five over inning.

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