The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced some rule changes for the 14th edition of theIndian Premier League. The soft signal will be rendered redundant, and the third umpire will have the final call based on his discretion by using technology.
Another significant change will be that each team will now be obligatorily required to conclude an IPL inning by 90 minutes, including the two strategic time-outs of two and half minutes each.
“As a measure to control the match timings, the 20th over in each innings is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over was to start on or before the 90th minute. The minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (neglecting the time used by time-outs)” stated a BCCI rule.
The BCCI has enforced a penalty for slow over rates for IPL 2021. For the first strike of slow over-rate, the captain will face a fine of INR 12 Lakhs.
If the team commits the offence yet another time, the captain will incur a fine of INR 24 Lakhs. If the offence gets committed for the third time, the captain will face a fine of INR 30 Lakhs and suffer a one IPL match ban.
Not only the captain but the teams will also incur fines. For the second offence of delivering a slow over-rate, each team member will face a fine of INR 6 Lakhs or 25% of the match fee, whichever is lesser. This sum will not include the fine levied on the skipper.
For any offence that follows involving a slow over-rate, each team member will face a sum of INR 12 Lakhs or 50% of the match fee, whichever is lesser. As mentioned above, this fine will exclude the fine levied on the captain.
In the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, there have been significant changes in the rules and fines enforced by the BCCI.
IPL teams would be required to finish an inning within 90 minutes, the final decision would be that of the third umpire, and the soft signal will no longer be applicable.
BCCI has also imposed harsh fines on the skipper and the player for slow over rates. The fines sum would increase after each offence in a match.