IPL 2023 edition introduces significant rule changes to enhance the gameplay and competitiveness. According to new rule changes captains will now finalize their playing XI after the toss by initially submitting two separate team sheets. Over rate penalties will now restrict the number of fielders outside the 30-yard circle for each over not completed in the allocated time. Additionally, unfair movement by the wicketkeeper or a fielder will result in a dead ball and a 5-run penalty.
Teams will name their playing XI after the toss
In IPL 2023, teams will reveal their playing XI post-toss, allowing them to select the most suitable players based on their batting or bowling strategy. According to ESPNCricinfo report, IPL internal notes suggest that captains will present two separate team sheets before confirming their final XI after the toss. This change enables franchises to choose the optimal lineup and impact players based on whether they bat or bowl first.
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Following the SA20, the IPL becomes the second T20 franchise tournament to permit teams to announce their XI after the toss. In the SA20’s inaugural season, teams initially submitted 13 names before finalizing their playing XI post-toss. This approach was primarily aimed to lessen the impact of toss and ensure a level playing field based on prevailing conditions.
The IPL shares a similar rationale, emphasizing the need to neutralize the effect of dew, which has historically impacted some Indian venues and disadvantaged teams bowling second. The new rule ensures that the toss’s outcome doesn’t automatically determine the match’s winner in specific conditions.
The four major rule changes are as follows:
- Captains will submit two different team sheets and finalize their playing XI after the toss.
- Over rate penalties will now include allowing only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle for every over not completed in the allocated time.
- Unfair movement by the wicketkeeper will result in a dead ball and a 5-run penalty.
- Unfair movement by a fielder will also lead to a dead ball and a 5-run penalty.