Impact Player regulation expected to apply limited to Indian players in IPL 2023. During the live game, the team will limit to four overseas players due to the rule.
The Impact Player rule is likely to apply only to Indian players in the upcoming Indian Premier League season. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced the Impact Player concept for the upcoming IPL edition last December 1. Though the board has yet to provide details on how it will work.
The Impact Player rule allows a side to identify a substitute during a match that is already in progress.
Teams can nominate four replacement players and use one during the live match to replace any player from the starting eleven.
“Beginning with the IPL 2023 Season, a tactical/strategic concept. Introduced to add a new dimension to IPL, wherein one substitute player per team will be able to take a more active part in an IPL match. The regulations pertaining to the same will be issued shortly,” BCCI said in a note on December 1.
According to a Cricbuzz report, the BCCI has informed all franchises that an overseas player. Cannot replace an Indian player and cannot replace another overseas player in the starting eleven. This rule prohibits teams from fielding five overseas players at any time during the game. Thus conforms to the existing rule of a maximum of four overseas players in the match.
However, teams are likely to exploit this rule in the upcoming edition by bringing in a specialist batter. In place of a bowler while chasing and a specialist bowler in place of a batter while defending, undermining the credibility and importance of all-rounders.
Last month, the BCCI implemented this rule in the domestic T20 tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with Delhi all-rounder Hrithik Shokeen becoming the tournament’s first-ever Impact Player during the game against Manipur.
“The concept is to allow one substitute player per team to take a more active part in a match, adding a new tactical / strategic dimension to the game. A number of team sports, such as football, rugby, basketball, and baseball, allow teams to make tactical substitutes. The substitute is allowed to perform or participate like any other regular player,” the BCCI stated.