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New ‘Power Player’ concept to be introduced in IPL

The concept will be discussed further in the IPL Governing Council meeting on Tuesday.

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New 'Power Player' concept to be introduced in IPL

A new concept of Power Player is all set to be introduced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) aiming to reform the T20 format. The next edition of the marquee T20 league will see a substitute at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over at any point in the game.

IANS reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already approved the dimension. For experimenting further, the new rule will be applied during Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 competition.

A BCCI official revealed saying, “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 concept will be discussed further in the IPL Governing Council meeting that will take place at the BCCI HQ in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Explaining how the new rule could bring revolution in the game, the BCCI official said, “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 percent 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 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 added.

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