IPL 2021, is all set to begin from April 9. This year, BCCI has decided to organize the tournament without spectators, following the covid-19 protocols. Along with it, the BCCI managing committee has revised the playing conditions, and rules for teams, and the players. The main focus is on two key elements — the removal of the soft signal (on-field) and the limitation on playing time for each innings — 90 minutes.
Letter By BCCI
BCCI has sent a letter to all the eight IPL teams, informing them about the mandatory changes in playing conditions and rules.
“The 20th over in each team’s innings will now be included in 90 minutes, it has been decided as a measure to control the match duration. Previously, the last over of the innings was to start on or before the 90th minute,” BCCI said.
To enforce the revised over-rate rule, the 4th umpire has been given the responsibility. They have to warn the sides if they indulge in time-wasting tactics.
About the on-field soft signal rule, BCCI said that the on-field umpire’s decision will not have any bearing on the decision of the 3rd umpire.
“The 3rd umpire will decide, if the batsman has been caught out or not, whether the delivery was a fair ball, or if the batsman deliberately obstructed the field. In case of a close catch, the 3rd umpire will use all the available technological support he/she can. The 3rd umpire will communicate the decision,” the letter read
The BCCI has also brought amendments in the short run rule. Now on, the 3rd umpire can also check the on-field umpire’s call on short runs and can change the original decision given by the on-field umpire.
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