IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL

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IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL
IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL

IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL

IPL 2023: BCCI is looking to introduce its Impact Player rule, which will allow teams to use one tactical substitute in each match in the IPL, after it is smoothly implemented in the domestic men’s T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT), which will begin on October 11.

In an email to its state associations, the BCCI clarified the concept of its Impact Player rule, which would allow teams to use one tactical substitute every game. The BCCI has been anxious to implement the tactical substitute in the IPL for the previous few years, but has decided it would be prudent to do so in the SMAT first, according to ESPNcricinfo.

The Impact Player replacement, if everything goes according to plan, will take part in IPL 2023.

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

At the coin toss, teams must name four substitutes in addition to their starting eleven, and they must use one of those four during the game.

The player may replace any starting XI member at any point up until the end of the 14th over of either innings while still being able to bat and bowl his complete allocated amount of overs. There are no practical restrictions on the role the Impact Player can play, and the regulation has a wide tactical range. The Impact Player, for example, can replace a batter who has already been dismissed and still get to bat if the club only uses 11 batters. In order to complete his four overs allotted, he could potentially replace a bowler who has already bowled a few overs.

IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL
IPL 2023: BCCI to test tactical substitutions in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before introduction in IPL

The Impact Player rule allows more tactical versatility when compared to other tactical-substitute strategies that have tested elsewhere. The Supersub’s duty coincided with that of the player he replaced in the 2005 and 2006 ODI Supersub system, which meant he could only bowl the remaining overs from the replacement player’s quota and couldn’t bat if the original player had already removed.

At the midway point of the first innings (or the ten-over mark in a full T20 game). Teams allowed to substitute a member of their starting XI under the X-Factor rule. As long as the replacement player has not yet batted or bowled more than one over.

The regulation could make the toss less effective. For instance, when a team loses the toss and the dew settles in. It has the opportunity to bolster its bowling arsenal for the challenge of bowling second. Similar to this, if the pitch is turning square. The team hitting second may increase the number of batters in its lineup. The choice will help teams minimise the effects of a player injury that occurs during the game.

The Impact Player can only be introduced at the end of an over and not during it. Wth the following two exceptions. If a batting side sends in the Impact Player upon the fall of a wicket. Or if the fielding team replaces an injured fielder in the middle of an over.

Even as a replacement outfielder, the player who was replaced is ineligible to play again.

The Impact Player may replace a bowler who has bowled two beamers in an over. And suspended, but that player not allowed to bowl.

Will shortened games permit teams to use an Impact Player?

Yes, but not if a delayed start causes the game to shortened to fewer than 10 overs on each side. If there is a sliding cut-off point and there are more than ten overs planned for each inning. The Impact Player can used. For instance, the Impact Player may take the field. Before the 13th over of either inning in a game with 17 overs on either side. In an 11-over match, he may enter before the finish of the ninth over.

Both teams may use an Impact Player if the game begins as a full T20 game. And the side batting first has faced at least 10 overs when play stopped. Regardless of how many reduced overs used.

If the match changed so that one team has already used its Impact Player. But the second innings is still longer than ten overs, for instance. Before the end of the seventh over in a nine-over innings. Or before the end of the 3rd over in a five-over inning, the second team may use its Impact Player.