The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League is just less than a week away from getting underway. Meanwhile, the IPL teams have been seriously prepping for the competition.
Mumbai Indians were the winners of the 2020 season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. They defended the title for the first time in history and won their fifth title under the astute leadership of Rohit Sharma.
The 14th season of the IPL will kick off on April 9 with Mumbai Indians crossing swords with Royal Challengers Bangalore. The highly-anticipated fixture will kick-off at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
For the first time ever, there will be no home advantage to any of the teams. It will be quite interesting to see which team gets hold of the trophy after the end of the tournament. The tourney comes to an end on May 30.
Mumbai Indians have all the tools and ingredients to aim for one more title. If they manage to win another title, then they will be the first team to win three titles in a row. Can Mumbai Indians defend the title one more time? Only time will tell the story.
BCCI announces harsh fines for slow over rates in IPL
As we are heading to the next season of the IPL, the richest cricket board has announced strict fines for the teams. Yes, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has now announced harsh fines for slow over rates in the next season.
BCCI firmly believes this will enhance the quality of the game including the viewership experience. BCCI wants teams to complete the overs in a stipulated span of time. India’s governing body has made several changes to the current rules.
Meanwhile, the IPL governing council has planned to pull out the clause of soft signals from the on-field umpires. Now, the third umpire will be the one to judge the decisions and he can’t rely on the umpire’s soft signals.
Moreover, the third umpire will also make the final decision on the short-run rule. If any team fails to finish the game in 90-minutes per innings, then they will have to pay fines imposed by the BCCI and IPL Governing Council (IPL GC).
The first offense is Rs 12 lakh fine for the team skipper. Talking about the second offense, it is a Rs 24 lakh penalty for the skipper and a Rs. 6 lakh or 25% match fee fine [whichever is lesser] for each player of the team excluding the skipper.
Third and each subsequent offense means Rs 30 lakh fine and 1-match ban for the skipper. Furthermore, INR 12 lakh or 50% match fee fine [whichever is lesser] for each member of the team excluding the team skipper.