Super sub back: Teams can field ‘impact players’ in domestic T20s | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has decided to introduce a player substitution tactical rule in T20 format, featuring the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting at October. The replacement will be called an “impact player”.
According to a BCCI document, the regulations were introduced keeping in mind the tactical changes allowed in other team sports like football, rugby, basketball and baseball.
“The concept of an Impact player is to allow a substitute player per team to take a more active part in a game. This would add a new tactical/strategic dimension to the game,” the document read.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had already experienced great sub reign in ODI cricket in 2005. But the experiment failed within a year. However, BCCI sources want to try him out in a domestic tournament first before considering introducing him in a marquee tournament like the IPL. This is a step taken to help cricket compete with other global team sports.
The new BCCI playing conditions stipulate that teams will have to name one eleven player and four substitutes at the time of the draw. However, only one substitute per team may be used in the game. The substitute may be put into play in the 14th inning of an inning.
The captain/head coach/team manager must inform the on-court referee or the fourth referee of the introduction of the impact player. A player who is replaced by an impact player will no longer be able to participate in the remainder of the match, nor will he be allowed to return as a substitute defender.

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