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Rule changes that can spice things up in the IPL

The 15th edition of the IPL concluded on May 29 with Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans winning the trophy after defeating Rajasthan Royals in the final. It was a record-breaking season, with the most sixes struck in an IPL season.

The BCCI has made a few amendments to the existing rules before the competition began. The most noticeable change is the addition of an additional review in each inning. Previously, teams were only given two reviews per inning. However, in IPL 2022, teams received two reviews per innings.

Another adjustment made by the BCCI to this year’s edition came in response to Marylebone Cricket Club’s changes. According to the new rule, if the batter is caught, the next batter must take the strike, even if the batter has crossed over.

Previously, if the striker and non-striker switched ends before the ball landed, the new batter would go to the non-end striker. The new modifications were a welcome addition to the IPL, providing bowlers with a competitive edge that had been lacking for some time. The competition was a big success, and we may see a few more adjustments in the future.

We look at some of the possible changes that could be included in the next IPL season to make the competition more intriguing.

Number 1. In slog overs, an extra fielder is allowed outside the 30-yard circle

The aforementioned ICC rule change benefits bowlers by allowing them to bowl to a new batter right away. Despite the regulation change, IPL 2022 saw a record 1062 sixes, the most in the tournament’s history.

In the first six overs, the required powerplay allows only two fielders outside the 30-yard circle. Batters frequently take full advantage of the field restriction early in the game. An extra fielder should be allowed on the ropes in overs 16-20 to level the playing field. After the first six overs, five fielders are permitted outside the ring.

The addition of an extra fielder may cause hitters to think twice before trying aerial routes, allowing bowlers to obtain dismissals. The regulation may offer bowlers an advantage, but it is only fair in a game that is stated to be controlled by the bat.

Number 2. A provision allowing substitute fielders to be on the field for a total of three overs

This may come as a surprise, but numerous clubs take advantage of current laws to obtain stronger fielders on the field. After finishing an over, the fast bowlers usually leave the field, and a comparatively better fielder who is warming the benches takes their place.

If a player is fit enough to play the game, he should be able to field as well, regardless of their positions. There is no need for an extra break for players, especially in the shortest format of the game, because the IPL enables two strategic timeouts in each innings that offer the essential break.

A new rule would enable a substitute fielder to bat for only three overs unless a player sustains a serious injury. In an emergency, it’s natural for a player to leave the field, and a substitute fielder should be allowed for that purpose. However, after three overs in an inning, that fielder should not be allowed to remain on the pitch.

Number 3. Batting teams will be granted bonus runs if the bowling side bowls at a slow over-rate

A bowling team is given a time limit in which to complete its 20-over quota. If the team does not comply, they will be fined for slow over-rate. The captain of the bowling squad gets fined 12 lakh under the IPL’s code of conduct for the first infringement. If the offence is committed again, the captain will be penalised 24 lakhs, and the remaining 10 players will be fined six lakhs or 25% of their match fees, whichever is less.

Although the punishment appears to be severe, most teams do not mind paying the fines as long as they win their games. There have been countless instances of a club committing slow over-rate on multiple occasions over a season.

Because the infraction occurs on the cricket field, teams should be penalised on the field. If a bowling team has a sluggish over-rate during an innings, the batting team should be given extra runs. It may appear harsh on the bowlers, but it will drive the captains to complete their innings inside the time limit.