Legends League Cricket: Introduction of super-sub rule could be game changer for T20 format, says Ravi Shastri

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Legends League Cricket: Introduction of super-sub rule could be game changer for T20 format, says Ravi Shastri
Legends League Cricket: Introduction of super-sub rule could be game changer for T20 format, says Ravi Shastri

Legends League Cricket: Introduction of super-sub rule could be game changer for T20 format, says Ravi Shastri

In a first of its kind, Legends League Cricket (LLC) introduced a super-sub rule as the tournament kicked off with a special benefit match between India Maharajas and Team World Giants at the Eden Gardens, here, on Friday.

The unique rule states each side will have access to one “super substitute” that they can utilise following the completion of 10 overs in any given inning of the game. The names of these “super sub” players must be disclosed by the teams before to the game. Ravi Shastri, the commissioner of the Legends League Cricket Match, thinks the implementation of this regulation might completely alter the game. The former India coach believes that the regulation may eventually be applied in international cricket because the game changes every year.

“I see this game evolving all the time. Who knows tomorrow it might be something that’s used even at the international level. Don’t be surprised because this is one format that can evolve, especially in tournaments like these where you are not bound by certain rules. You can create your own rules in tournaments like these or even in the IPL, or Big Bash. If you want to experiment or try something new, this is the place to do it,” the former India allrounder said in Kolkata on Friday.

The Gujarat Giants, India Capitals, Manipal Tigers, and Bhilwara Kings are the four teams participating in the league phase of the competition, which begins on September 17. At least 90 legendary cricketers will compete in 16 games spread over 6 locations.

Speaking about LLC and his role in the tournament, Shastri said;

“It’s a fabulous opportunity. It’s a new string to the bow. Sometimes, it can just be the motivator that is needed to keep yourself fit and engage in something different. I am always ready and willing to work for the benefit of the sport. And also to promote the sport in different parts of the globe.”

“Basically, my job in this league is to ensure that the cricketing part of it is run properly. There is a sense of pride in what you do. The work ethic has to be solid. There is an integrity quotient attached to it. Hence, you have the Anti-Corruption Units,” He added.

“These are not exhibition games. It’s the proper stuff under proper guidelines. And every aspect is being looked at like the way you would play an international game. When that happens, players start taking it seriously. They know they are not out here for a holiday. They realise that there are people watching them across the globe. Also it’s important for them to enjoy the league and express themselves,” he said.