IPL will now see some significant tweaks in the rules that will definitely influence the outcome of the matches.
The IPL has become the most popular T20 tournament in the world since its start in 2008. the first match of the tournament was itself a blockbuster, as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emphatically defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
That match provided a bright start to the tournament. This attracted interest from cricketers all over the world and they started to take part in the tournament. Slowly, it became the biggest mega event of the year and an exciting fiercely fought competition as days passed by.
BCCI made a few technological changes slowly with every season. These changes helped the fans to watch a fair game of cricket and minimized the errors in decision-making. BCCI introduced the DRS, which became one of the most important changes to the technology.
The DRS helped the teams to challenge the decision of the on-field umpire if they feel the decision is wrong. However, the quality of umpiring has declined in the last two seasons of the IPL.
This is not only limited to poor umpiring decisions but some decisions like the soft signal from on-field umpires and the no-ball have significantly influenced the results of the matches.
So, now the time has come for the RCCI to make some changes in the rules. Here are the changes that BCCI have made-
Here are the major changes in the rules
1.No soft signal
The soft signal has been in the headlines since its introduction to the game of cricket. The soft signal indicates to the third umpire to make his decision. Since its introduction, the third umpires have relied on the soft signal to make their decision.
However, in many cases, the soft signal has been the cause of controversies. Recently in the T20I series between India and England, the third umpire had to give Suryakumar Yadav out based on the soft signal, which was a controversial decision.
After that incident, the Indian captain Virat Kohli publicly stated that there is no use of the on-field umpire’s soft signal when referring a decision to the third umpire.
The BCCI has discussed the issue in their meeting. Hence, they have decided to remove the use of soft signal in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The ICC could even implement this decision in international cricket.
This decision might result in errorless umpiring decisions. The problem with the soft signal is that the on-field umpire does not get a clear view of the incident and hence have to give the decision based on his instinct or the player’s suggestion. Hence, the soft signal is wrong in most cases. The BCCI has made a change in the Appendix D-Clause 2.2.2 of the playing conditions of IPL.
2. Short-run rule
Another rule that has been at the centre of the controversy is the short-run rule. This occurs when the batsman in the middle fails to complete one run while running between the wickets. Hence, his team gets one run deducted. KXIP ( now PKBS) failed to reach the playoffs courtesy of this rule.
The new rule says, that the third umpire will check the short runs. In case of a short run appeal, the third umpire will verify the appeal and has the right to change or overturn the decision. BCCI has already added this rule in the new rule book for IPL 2021. The franchises will welcome this change as the on-field umpire does make mistakes while giving the decision of short run.
3. New match durations
The fans and the players do get confused with the match durations. Usually, the players have to start the 20th over of the game on or before the 90th minute. However, this rule has added to a lot of confusion as the captains took a lot of time to make changes to the field placements.
Now according to the new rule, the team has to complete the 20th over within 90 minutes. This rule will now be helpful for both the players and the fans. The skippers will now be attentive to the timings and the fans will also not have any issue with the timings.
4. No-ball and super over rules
Umpires signal a no-ball when the bowler has overstepped while delivering the ball. This provides an opportunity for the batsman to score freely in the next ball as it is a free hit. However, the on-field umpire often gives harsh decision for the bowlers, signalling a no-ball even if the foot is behind the line.
This has added to the confusion in the game. So, the IPL managing committee has decided that the third umpire will check the no-ball decision and can overrule the on-field umpire’s decision. Even the bowlers will also not get away by bowling a waist-high full toss, which can be neglected by the on-field umpire.
Besides this no-ball rule, there is also a separate rule for Super Over. In an uninterrupted game, teams can play subsequent Super Overs for an hour. This new rule has clarified the confusion regarding how many Super Overs can be played. In the last season of the IPL, there was a double Super Over in a single match. This new rule will now solve the confusion.
The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will kickstart on April 9. The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will face off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening match of the IPL 2021 in Chennai.