The Body of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be implementing the rule of Impact Player in the 2023 edition of IPL The Impact Player concept was presented by the Body of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last Thursday (1 December), but the board has yet to disclose information on how it would work in the 2023 IPL season.
Teams can bring on a replacement player in the middle of an already-played game using the Impact Player rule. Each team is allowed four substitutes, any one of whom can enter the game at any time to replace a member of the starting eleven.
“From IPL 2023 Season, a tactical/strategic concept will be introduced to add a new dimension to IPL,” BCCI said in a note on December 1.
“One substitute player per team will be able to take a more active part in an IPL match.”
According to Cricbuzz, BCCI has notified all franchises that foreign players cannot replace Indian players or be used to replace foreign players already in the starting eleven. This guideline is in line with the current regulation that stipulates a maximum of four foreign players can be used per club for every game.
However, teams are expected to take advantage of this change in the 2023 edition, which will diminish the credibility and value of all-rounders by allowing them to insert a specialist batter in lieu of a bowler while chasing and a specialist bowler in place of the batter while defending.
Impact Player rule in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
BCCI introduced this rule for the first time in the domestic T20 event Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month. And Delhi all-rounder Hrithik Shokeen became the tournament’s first-ever Impact Player during their match against Manipur.
According to the BCCI’s original proposal, “the concept is to allow one substitute player per team to take a more active part in a match. This would add a new tactical /strategic dimension to the game.”
Tactical substitutions are already permitted in a number of team sports, including football, rugby, basketball, and baseball.