Now player substitution can be seen in cricket like in football. The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is preparing to implement the concept of Tactical Substitution from the 16th season of IPL. The board has sent a message note to all the franchisees for this. After this rule is implemented, 12 players can be seen playing on behalf of a team in a match. However, only a maximum of 10 wickets can fall in an inning.
It was told in the message note of BCCI that the substitution rule will be applicable from the 2023 season. The new rule will be explained in detail soon. It is being told in the reports that the rule of tactical substitution will be the same as was adopted in the domestic T20 tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
What will be the substitution rule?
At the time of the toss, both the teams playing the match will have to give the names of 4-4 substitute players along with the playing XI. Both teams will be able to replace one of these players with any player in the playing XI during the match. However, the decision of substitution will rest entirely with the teams. If they want, they can play with 11 players from the first ball to the last ball.
After being replaced, only the new player will play the entire match. Once sent to the bench during the match, the replaced player will not be able to return to the field.
Impact player rule in SMAT
India’s domestic T20 tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali (SMAT) was played in October-November this year. In this tournament, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) included the Impact Player Rule. Under this, the teams were naming 4-4 substitution players at the time of the toss. Who was being replaced during the match?
Up to which overs can change be made?
The new IPL rule has not yet been explained in detail, but if this rule is similar to the impact player rule of SMAT, then teams will be able to substitute players till the 14th over in both innings. That is, teams will not be able to substitute players in the last 6 overs.
How much batting will be available?
Any player can be replaced under the tactical substitution rule. Even if he has got out after batting or has put over his quota. That is the player who comes on the field as a substitute can do the entire batting and can also bowl the full four overs of his quota. However, there can be only a maximum of 10 wickets in an inning. That is, if a substitute comes in place of an out batsman, then for that one of the remaining players will have to leave the batting.
If a player is batting with a poor or slow strike rate during the match, then he can be replaced during the batting as well. This is exactly like the Concussion Rule in Tests. In if the player goes out after getting injured, then a new player comes in his place. At the same time, no wicket of the team also goes.
Hrithik Shokeen was the first substitute player
On 11 October 2022, Delhi replaced its player Hrithik Shokeen in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Delhi had fielded off-spinner Shokeen in place of opener Hiten Dalal in the match against Manipur. In this way, Hrithik became the first player to be substituted under the Impact Player Rule.
Hrithik Shokeen from Delhi plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL.
There was such a rule in international cricket as well. 16 years ago during 2005-06, there was a superb system in ODI cricket. Under which players could replace during the match. But, if the player who was sent out of the field was out, then the new player did not get the batting. On the other hand, if the bowler bowled a few overs, then the new player could not bowl the full overs of his quota. He could only bowl the remaining overs of the old player.
X-factor rules in Big Bash League
Australia’s franchise league Big Bash League (BBL) has an X-factor rule. According to this, teams can include substitute players in the playing XI only till 10 overs of the first innings. The player who has not batted during this period or has bowled only one over can be replaced.