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Game changing ‘Power Player’ to be introduced in IPL


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is on the road of revolutionizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) by introducing a game-changing concept of Power Player.

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Teams will be allowed to substitute a player at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over at any point in the game.

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The concept has already been approved by the BCCI and a confirmation in this regard will be made by Tuesday. However, the rule could make its debut in the India’s domestic inter-state T20 competition, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy,

As per the rule, captains of the teams will name a squad of 15 cricketers instead of revealing their respective Playing XIs from which they can name a substitute either at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over while the contest in going on.

“We are looking at a scenario where a team will not name the Playing XI,” IANS quoted a senior BCCI official as saying.

“They will announce the 15 and a player can be substituted at either the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over at any point in the game. While we are looking to introduce it in the IPL, trying the concept first in the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy could be the ideal way forward,” he noted.

Explaining how the rule will impact in-game scenarios the official said,

“Imagine you need 20 runs off the last six balls and you have Andre Russell sitting in the dug-out as he wasn’t a hundred percent and wasn’t part of the original XI. But now, he can just walk in and go slam-bang and win you the game.”

He continued, “Similarly, say you need to defend six runs off the last over and you have someone like a Jasprit Bumrah sitting in the dug-out. So, what does the captain do? Brings in Bumrah at the end of the 19th over and there you go. The concept has the potential to change the game.”

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