September 25, 2022
Impact player rule in domestic T20


The BCCI is set to introduce tactical options in the upcoming season of its domestic men’s T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is set to begin on October 11. In an email sent to its state associations, the BCCI has elaborated on the concept of the Impact Player Rule, which will allow teams to exercise one tactical option per match.

It is not yet known whether BCCI is planning to introduce Impact Player in the IPL, as no such plan is mentioned in the email.

The BCCI email said, “With the ever-increasing popularity of T20 cricket, it is imperative that we introduce new dimensions that make the format more important not only to our audiences but also to the participating teams from a strategic perspective.” engaging and interesting.” ,

“BCCI wants to introduce the concept of “Impact Player”, in which participating teams can replace one member of their playing XI during a T20 match depending on the context of the game.”

How will this work? read on.

What is the scope of the substitute’s role?
At the time of the toss, the teams will choose four options along with their starting XI and will exercise one of the four options during the match. A player may replace any member of the starting XI at any point before the end of the 14th over of any innings, and shall be able to bat and bowl his entire overs.

The tactical scope of the Impact Player rule is very large, with no real restrictions on the role of substitutes. For example, the Impact Player can replace a batsman who has already been out, and still get to bat – as long as the team uses only 11 batsmen. Or he can replace a bowler who has already sent four overs and still bowls his full four-over quota.

How is this different from the X-Factor rule in the BBL?

The Impact Player rule allows for greater tactical flexibility than other tactical-replacement systems that have been tested elsewhere. In the supersub system that followed in ODIs in 2005 and 2006, the role of the supersub coincided with the player he replaced, meaning that if the substituted player had already been dismissed, he could not bat. Could, and could bowl only the remaining overs. Changed player quota.

The X-factor rule, which is implemented in the Big Bash League in Australia, allows teams to substitute a member of their starting XI at the halfway point of the first innings (the 10-over mark in a full T20 match), and replace A player who has not already batted, or may have bowled more than one over.

Will teams be allowed Impact Players in smaller games?
Yes, but not if a late start reduces the match to less than 10 overs per side. If the stipulated number of overs per innings exceeds 10, an impact player may be dealt with a sliding cut-off point. For example, in a 17-over-a-side game, the impact player may come before the end of the 13th over of any innings. In a side game of 11 overs, he can enter before the end of the ninth over.

If the match begins as a full T20 game, and if the team batting first has faced at least 10 overs when play is interrupted, both teams will be an impact player regardless of the lack of overs. will be able to use.

If the match is reduced to such that one team has already used its impact player, but the second innings has been reduced by 10 overs, the other team may still use its impact player – In nine overs before the end of the seventh over. inning, for example, or before the end of the third over in an innings of five overs.

What else do I need to know?
The impact player may be introduced only at the end of an over, and not in the middle, with two exceptions – if a batting team sends an impact player for the fall of a wicket, or if the fielding team has an injured fielder. Impact player in the middle of an over.

The substitute player cannot participate further in the game – not even as a substitute fielder.

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