The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 season, Men’s and Women’s has introduced penalties to tackle the growing concern of slow overrates. The teams will have to face penalties if they fall behind on overrate. The penalties also include a red card style system, setting an important precedent in the game.
According to the rule, a player will be removed from the field if the fielding team is behind schedule at the start of the 20th over. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the 17th over of the innings has to be completed by 72 minutes and 15 seconds. Meanwhile, the 18th over should be completed by 76 minutes and 30 seconds, and the penultimate over by 80 minutes and 45 seconds. The innings has to end within 85 minutes.
If a team falls behind the required over rate at the start of the 18th over, one additional player will be brought inside the fielding circle. Meanwhile, if they are behind on the over-rate at the start of the penultimate over. A player selected by the captain has to leave the field if they fail to start the final over on time. The batting team will also face consequences for wasting time. They will get a warning from the umpires. If found guilty again, they will get a five-run penalty for each instance of time wasting.
Duty of those involved in cricket to ensure that the game keeps moving: Michael Hall, CPL Operations Director
The Caribbean Premier League’s operations director Michael Hall shared his thoughts on the newly introduced penalties in the tournament. Hall expressed hope that the penalties will ensure that the over-rate rules are followed by the teams. He also shared that they believe that the penalties are necessary to keep the game moving.
“We have been disappointed that our T20 games have been getting longer and longer each year, and we want to do what we can to arrest this trend. It is the duty of those involved in cricket to ensure that the game keeps moving and we have sensitized both the franchises and our match officials to this duty ahead of the tournament. Our hope is that these in-game penalties are not needed, but we believe they are proportionate and necessary,” he said.
“Over rates will be monitored by the third umpire and communicated to the captains via on-field umpires at the end of every over, as well as to the crowd and TV audience, with graphics showing how far they are behind (or ahead of) the over rate. Dispensations will be given for injuries, DRS and time-wasting by the batting side where appropriate,” added the statement.