The BCCI has introduced some rule-changes ahead of IPL 2021. These include regarding the over-rates, soft signal, and the third umpires’ call based on the use of the technology. The 14th edition of IPL will begin on the 9th of April as Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Chennai.
The much-debated Umpire’s call rule will stay in the 14th edition of IPL, while the short-run law stands altered. According to the new guidelines, the third umpire has the right to overturn the initial decision given by the on-field umpire relating to the short run. Furthermore, each side has to finish an IPL inning in 90 minutes, including two strategic time-outs of two and a half minutes each. As per the rule, the over rate has to be 14.1 overs per hour.
“As a measure to control the match timings, the 20th over in each innings is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over was to start on or before the 90th minute. The minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs),” a BCCI official said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
BCCI reveals the penalty which would be slapped for slow over-rate offense in IPL 2021:
The apex body of India’s cricketing affairs has underlined that for the first slow over-rate offense, a team’s captain has to pay a fine of INR 12 lakhs. A franchise repeating the same has to cop a fine of INR 24 lakhs, while if it occurs the third time, not only the officials will impose a penalty of INR 30 lakhs, but the skipper would be banned for a match.
The teams have to cop a fine as well. In case of the second slow over-rate offense, each member would be fined a sum of INR 6 lakhs or 25% of the match fee, whichever is lesser. The penalty will not include the one imposed on the skipper. Any subsequent offense regarding the over-rate will see the team copping a fine of INR 12 lakhs or 50% of the match fee, whichever is lesser. This particular fine will also exclude the one slapped on the captain.