The Indian Premier League is all set to introduce the impact player rule in order to make the league exciting. This rule was already implemented at the domestic level in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. Winners Mumbai used this rule to their advantage, especially in crunch situations.
According to the rule, each team will have to name four substitutes at the toss before the start of the game and one player from the substitutes of both teams can be used as an Impact Player. The Impact Player can replace any player in the XI only before the 14th over and it is important for the captain, head coach or manager to notify any of the umpires when taking the call.
The batting team will have the opportunity to introduce an Impact Player at the fall of a wicket or during the innings break. The Impact Player can bat or bowl his full set of overs once he has been introduced.
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If a player had retired hurt, the Impact Player can be used only at the end of the over in progress. It is ensured with this rule that 11 players will be able to bat at the end of the day and that doesn’t change.
Impact rules not applicable in rain-shortened games
The rule will not be applicable in rain-shortened games which are less than ten overs. Also, in case of injury, the substituted player will no longer be allowed to take any part in the remaining game. However, if an Impact Player gets injured in the middle of an over, then the current normal fielder substitution laws are applicable once the umpire is convinced. The fielder who will come in as a substitute for the Impact Player cannot bowl or captain the team.
Delhi was the first team to make use of this newly introduced rule. Hrithik Shokeen was the first impact player replacing opener Hiten Dalal. Shokeen scored a quickfire knock at the top of the order for the team as well as picked up two wickets in three overs which allowed Delhi to comfortably win against Manipur.