BCCI tightens 90-minute time restriction for an innings in IPL 2021
Ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, BCCI tightens the 90-minute time restriction for maintaining a healthy over rate.
Things are getting ready for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League. The tournament will kickstart on April 9th in Chennai and the final of the league will be played on May 30th. The tournament opener will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai.
Ahead of the cricketing festival, BCCI has amended some changes to make the game more fair and contented. As a part of that, earlier BCCI confirmed that there will not be a system of soft signals from on-field umpires when referring to the TV umpires. The system created as many confusions in the recently concluded ODI and T20I series between India and England.
BCCI has enforced strict restrictions on the over rate per innings. According to the new set of guidelines, the 20th over of an innings should be bowled within 90 minutes since the start of play. It means teams taking time more than 90 minutes will be considered as slower over rates. According to this guideline, 14 overs should be bowled in the first hour of the innings.
According to Cricbuzz, the BCCI said, “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 the rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs). In uninterrupted matches, this means that the 20th over should finish within 90 minutes (being 85 minutes of playing time plus 5 minutes of time-out) of the start of the innings. For delayed or interrupted matches where an innings is scheduled to be less than 20 overs, the maximum time of 90 minutes shall be reduced by 4 minutes 15 seconds for every over by which the innings is reduced,” the source elaborated on the new guideline.
Also calling a run short will be handled by the third umpire and on-field umpires won’t be able to call a run short if a batsman completes a run without touching the batting crease line. Last year, this created a big impact in a league game between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.