The TATA IPL 2023 season will be introducing a new concept of “Impact Player” where one substitute player in the tournament will be taking a more active part in the tournament.
“From IPL 2023 season, a tactical concept will be introduced to add a new dimension to the IPL, wherein one substitute player per team will be able to take a more active role in an IPL match.” BCCI said
BCCI will introduce this “impact player” in the next edition of IPL. This experiment was on hold for the past few years and finally will be in action. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, this experiment was conducted very successfully. In this rule, the BCCI will be allowing each team to introduce a substitute player in the middle of the IPL league. The board thinks it will b adding a brand new dimension to the cash-rich league.
The new “impact player” rule was tried out very successfully in the domestic T20 tournament and the teams gained real and tactical benefits from it. Here, the teams will announce the substitutes along with naming the Playing XI before the first ball is bowled. One of these players will be brought as a substitute before the end of the 14th over. He will be also allowed to bat and bowl like any other regular player.
What is an impact player?
- The impact player is not a like-for-like replacement for the player he replaces. For example, a batter can be replaced by a bowler and vice versa.
- There’s no restriction on how many balls or overs the impact player can play.
- An impact player can be playing in place of an already dismissed player and that to normal.
- He can’t be introduced in the middle of an over unless he replaces a dismissed batter or an injured fielder. Here, the injured player cannot take part in the game, not even as a substitute.
- If the overs are reduced to ten overs per side due to bad weather conditions, the impact player won’t be featured in the game.