The cash-rich Indian Premier League is around the corner as Mumbai Indians are set to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9th. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the two heavyweights of world cricket, will be going face-to-face in the inaugural match of India’s grand cricketing fest. Before heading towards the 14th edition of the Indian league, the BCCI has come up with a set of IPL 2021 new rules and regulations.
IPL 2021: Let’s have a look at the new BCCI rules
The 90-minute time limit for 20 overs
The BCCI has now made it mandatory for all the teams to complete their 20 overs within 90 minutes (85 minutes play-time and 5 minutes time-out). For delayed or interrupted games 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 minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs),” the IPL said in the updated playing conditions guidelines uploaded on the official website.
The respective IPL team skipper will face a fine of ₹12 lakh and ₹24 lakh for the first two offences. The third offence will see a fine of ₹30 lakh with a one-match ban. After the second offence onwards, ₹6 lakh/25 per cent match-fee (whichever is lower) will be the penalty for every team member of the respective team. For any subsequent violations, they’d be fined ₹12 lakhs/50 per cent match fee.
No soft signal for catches and field obstructions
The on-field umpires received plenty of heat due to their misplaced ‘soft signals’ during the recent India-England series. Following the incidents, the BCCI has decided to remove the ‘soft signal’ calls by the on-field umpires. The third umpire will make the final call of any decisions which are sent to him.
“The third umpire shall determine whether the batsman has been caught, whether the delivery was a Bump Ball, or if the batsman willfully obstructed the field. In case of a fair catch, the third umpire will use all the technological support available to him/her,” read the mail.
The time limit for Super Overs
As per the new BCCI rules, respective teams will have to complete the Super Overs with an hour of a tied match. BCCI took the following decision after a couple of games in IPL 20 went to the second super over, which overlapped the time limit of the game. If the winner is not decided within this hour, both the participating teams will get 1 point each.
Short-run decisions to be taken by the third umpire
Last year, Punjab Kings’s controversial match against Delhi Capitals created a lot of buzzes. Punjab Kings were reduced of a run because of an umpiring error which later cost them the match. If not for the bad umpiring decision, Punjab Kings would have had better chances to make it to the IPL 20 playoffs.
To avoid such incidents, short-run decisions will be taken by the third umpire from this IPL. “If the short-run is called an automatic check by the third umpire takes place to confirm or overturn,” the ICC statement read