On Friday, it was revealed by the Indian Premier League that beginning with the following season (IPL 2023) each side will be permitted to use a substitute player who “shall be able to take a more active part in the contest.”
Twitter was the platform where the announcement was made. During the current year’s edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put the idea of tactical substitutions through its paces in the local Twenty20 tournament.
“It is time to begin a new season. It is time for a new regulation. In the current season of the #TATAIPL, how much of a “effect” do you think the substitute player will have? “IPL included a caption with its tweet.
The inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (2022) was won by newcomers Gujarat Titans. In anticipation of the upcoming season, there will be a shortened version of an auction held on Kochi on December 23.
The particulars of the new regulation have not yet been disclosed. At the time of the coin toss in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy competition, teams were required to nominate four substitutes, and out of those four, only one could be utilised as a “Impact Player.”
The Impact Player had the ability to replace any player in the starting XI at any time before the end of the 14th over of either innings. Additionally, he was given permission to bat and bowl his full allotment of overs during this time.
There were very few constraints placed on the roles that substitutes may perform, and the tactical breadth of the system was quite broad.
As long as the team only employed 11 batters in total, he could come in for a hitter who had already been removed from the game without losing his chance to bat. Alternately, he may substitute for a bowler who had already bowled a few overs and still have the opportunity to bowl all four of his allotted overs.
The rule for Impact Players allows for a wider range of strategic possibilities than other substitute systems that have been utilised in the past.
In the previous Supersub system, which was utilised in One-Day Internationals during the years 2005 and 2006, the substitute’s role coincided with that of the player he replaced. In this system, the substitute was not permitted to bat if the original player had already been dismissed, and he could only bowl the remaining overs of the original player’s quota.
At the ten-over mark in the first innings of a full Twenty20 match, teams competing in the Big Bash League (BBL), which is held in Australia, are permitted to replace a member of their starting XI. In addition, the player being replaced cannot have have batted or bowled more than one over of his allotted total before being substituted.