Last Update on: December 8th, 2022 at 08:27 pm
The Impact Player concept, which is all set to be introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the IPL 2023, will most likely apply only to the Indian players participating in the marquee tournament, as per Cricbuzz.
On Friday, December 2, the BCCI officially confirmed the introduction of the Impact Player rule. The concept of the Impact Player was introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022 and it received positive feedback. The concept used in the Indian Premier League (IPL) could be very similar to the concept trialled during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
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“…Also note that from IPL 2023 Season a tactical/strategic concept will be introduced to add a new dimension to IPL, wherein one substitute player per team will be able to take a more active part in an IPL match. The regulations pertaining to the same will be issued shortly,” BCCI said in a recent note to the teams.
The Impact Player rule allows teams to bring in a substitute player in place of any member of the starting XI. Teams taking part in a match will be required to submit the names of four substitutes at the time of toss and teams can only make a change in their playing XI by bringing in a substitute from the list of four players.
Also, the Impact Player can only replace any member of the starting XI before the end of the 14th over of either innings and the player who has been replaced will no longer be allowed to participate in the match. The Impact Player rule is not applicable when the game is reduced to less than 10 overs per side.
IPL 2023: ‘Impact Player’ Concept Likely To Apply Only To Indians
On Thursday, December 8, Cricbuzz reported that the Impact Player concept could apply only to the Indians. The board has not yet shared any rules and regulations on how will the concept work. However, BCCI managers, who are in touch with IPL teams, have indicated that only an Indian player could come in as a substitute player.
“Cricbuzz has learnt that the franchises have been explained a team cannot introduce an overseas player in place of another overseas player, nor will a team be allowed to have a foreign player in player in place of an Indian,” as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“Whether a foreign player will be allowed to come in if a team goes into a match with only three overseas players in the starting XI is not yet clear,” the report added.
Reportedly, the decision to not allow the overseas players to be used as the impact players has been made to make sure that only four foreign players are taking part in an IPL game.
Meanwhile, with the introduction of the Impact Player concept, many believe that the role of all-rounders could be diluted and the influence of specialists might increase.