- The BCCI is contemplating introducing a Power Player option to 2020 IPL.
- The teams will be permitted to substitute a player either at the fall of a wicket or towards the end of an over at any juncture of the game
- The move is expected to boost gameplay and fan engagement.
The board may well take another step to revolutionize the shortest format of the game by introducing ‘Power Player’ in the cash-rich league’s upcoming edition. Under the proposed step, the teams will be permitted to substitute a player either at the fall of a wicket or towards the end of an over at any juncture of the game.
In an interview with IANS, a senior BCCI official revealed that the proposed concept has already received approval. However, he also warned that it will be discussed in further detail in the IPL Governing Council meeting that will be held on Tuesday at the BCCI HQ in Mumbai.
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How will the rule be a “Game Changer”?
“We are looking at a scenario where a team will not name the Playing XI. They will announce the 15, and a player can be substituted at either the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over at any point in the game. While we are looking to introduce it in the IPL, trying the concept first in the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy could be the ideal way forward,” the unnamed official revealed.
Putting more light on how the idea will impact the game, the official informed that the concept has the capability to change match situations and demanding out-of-the-box thinking from both the teams. On the fan-side, it is expected to boost the engagement further.
“Imagine you need 20 runs off the last six balls, and you have Andre Russell sitting in the dug-out as he wasn’t a hundred per cent and wasn’t part of the original XI. But now, he can just walk in and go slam-bang and win you the game.
“Similarly, say you need to defend six runs off the last over and you have someone like a Jasprit Bumrah sitting in the dug-out. So, what does the captain do? Brings in Bumrah at the end of the 19th over and there you go. The concept has the potential to change the game,” the official said.
Apart from brainstorming this idea at the IPL General Council, the members are also expected to review the 2019 edition of the Indian Super League. The team will also deliberate upon how to go about making the league’s 2020 edition a bigger and better event, both in terms of the game and fan engagement.