Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has said the introduction of the super-sub rule could be a “game changer” for the game’s shortest format. As the first of its kind, Legends League Cricket (LLC) introduced a super-sub rule when the tournament kicked off on Friday with a special benefit match between India Maharajas and Team World Giants at the Eden Gardens. The unique rule states that each team will have one “super-substitute” available to use after completing 10 overs in each inning of the game.
However, the teams must announce the name of these “super sub” players before the game starts.
Legends League Cricket Match Commissioner Ravi Shastri believes the introduction of this rule could be a game changer. As the game evolves every year, the former India coach says the rule may be used in international cricket in the future.
“I see this game evolving all the time. Who knows, tomorrow it might be something that will even be used at an international level. Don’t be surprised, because this is a format that can evolve, especially in tournaments like this where you’re not bound by certain rules. You can make your own rules in tournaments like this or even in the IPL, or Big Bash. If you want to experiment or try something new, this is the place to do it,” said the former India all-rounder in Kolkata on Friday .
The competition phase of Legends League will start on September 17 and will consist of four teams in Gujarat Giants, India Capitals, Manipal Tigers and Bhilwara Kings.
About 90 cricket greats will take part in 16 matches at 6 venues.
Speaking about LLC and his role in the tournament, Shastri said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity. It’s a new string on the bow. Sometimes it can just be the motivator needed to keep yourself fit and do something different. I am always ready and willing to work for the benefit of the sport and to promote the sport in different parts of the world.”
He added: “Basically, my job in this league is to make sure the cricketing part is done well. There’s a sense of pride in what you do. The work ethic has to be solid. There’s an integrity quotient to it. That’s why do you have the anti corruption units these are not practice matches it is the right stuff following the right guidelines and every aspect is looked at like you would play an international game when that happens players start taking it seriously they know that they’re not here on vacation. They realize there are people all over the world watching them, it’s important for them to enjoy the competition and express themselves.”
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