The Indian Premier League needs no introduction. It has been the T20 tournament with the biggest cash amount, biggest superstars, biggest fan following, and the greatest number of viewers. Cricketers from all around the world, every year, hope that they get picked up by any IPL franchise. As of now, there are eight Indian Premier League teams that are going up against each other. Two matches have been played and the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals have been victorious in their first games. We will be having some non-stop T20 action as long as the IPL is going on. However, this year, the Indian Premier League is not really the same. There have been quite a few rules that have been changed and for a good cause as well.
IPL tweaked rules in 2021 will give a new direction to the tournament. Moreover, the rules can be applied in international cricket as well since they are beneficial for the game itself. A total of five changes have taken place and the teams and players must know them. Furthermore, the fans are also eager to see the IPL new rules 2021. Don’t worry, because we have got you covered.
Specifically, in this article, we will be taking a look at the reformed BCCI rules for IPL 2021. All five of the changes will be discussed in detail and some comments will be given as well. Therefore, make sure you go through all of them.
IPL 2021 Rules and Regulations
IPL 2020 was possibly one of the hardest seasons for the players as they were kept in a bubble and some strict rules were applied which they were not habitual of. Well, the same quarantine rules will be taking place this year as well. We, on the other hand, are going to discuss the IPL new rules 2021 that will be affecting the game.
As mentioned earlier, there are a total of five new rules. Below are the details of all of them.
No Soft Signal
There is absolutely no one denying that Virat Kohli would have been the happiest person after this rule was announced. In recent India vs England series, a decision was given against India after the on-field umpire gave the soft signal as out. The ball was clearly touching the ground after the catch was taken but the third umpire went with the soft signal.
However, the IPL 2021 latest no soft signal rule eliminates all the controversies that can take place. If the on-field umpires can’t judge a catch or any other form of dismissal including obstructing the field, they have to straight-up go to the third umpire without giving any soft signal. Afterward, it all depends upon the decision that the third umpire makes. So, as a result, the on-field umpires won’t be involved in it which is good as we have seen some decisions going wrong in the past.
This very rule can be or should be applied in international cricket as well. It’ll reduce the chances of any wrong decision that was to be given.
A short-run decision had some controversy last year when a wrong one was given. In a match between Kings XI Punjab (Now Punjab Kings) and Delhi Capitals, a wrong short run was given by the on-field umpire even though Chris Jordan completed the run. This led to a loss for KXIP by a very short margin.
This year, however, the IPL 2021 short-run rule has been changed. Now only the third umpire will be watching if the batsman has completed the run or not. If so, then the call will be given to the on-field umpire who will signal to the batsman that the run wasn’t completed.
Another rule that can be added in the international matches.
New match Durations
A very strict rule has been introduced by the BCCI this year in IPL. The rule sets IPL 2021 new match duration to 90 minutes per inning. So, a team has to bowl 20 overs in a time span of 90 minutes, or else the match will conclude as per the overs bowled until then. This hour and a half also include the two strategic timeouts of 2:30 minutes. So, all in all, the team has to finish their innings in 85 minutes at most.
This rule has been introduced due to the fact that last year many matches took too long to finish. However, the team captain and players will be fined if that will be the case this year.
Super Over Duration
Once the match concludes and it results in a tie, then the super over has to be played within an hour. No more extensions will be given. As we all know, last year there was a double super over match between Mumbai Indians and KXIP, after the first super over was tied as well. This year though, if this happens, and no result comes within the given time limit, then both teams will be awarded one point each.
Undoubtedly, BCCI has taken some strict measures this time around as far as the time limit is concerned.
Although this rule has already been implemented in international cricket, in the Indian Premier League it is a bit different. In International matches now, all the no-balls are called by the third umpire. Afterward, the on-field umpire only gets the call and signals the no-ball.
On the other hand, in the Indian Premier League, the no-balls will still be called by the on-field umpires, however, the third umpire will also keep a check on the front foot. In case the on-field decision is given wrong or the umpire has missed the no-ball, then the 3rd umpire will give the call to the on-field umpire to change the decision.