IPL effect! SLC looks to replicate ‘impact sub’ success, bring in ‘power blast’ for LPL 2024

IPL effect! SLC looks to replicate ‘impact sub’ success, bring in ‘power blast’ for LPL 2024

It looks like innovations in T20 cricket is on the rise, with Sri Lanka cricket announcing 'power blast' in LPL which is somewhat similar to Big Bash League's 'power surge'.

Taking a page out of the IPL’s rulebook, Sri Lanka Cricket is spicing things up in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) with a new innovation for the upcoming 2024 season. Seemingly inspired by the successful “impact player” rule in the IPL, the LPL will introduce “Power Blast,” a special two-over powerplay towards the end of each team’s innings.

What is LPL’s ‘power blast’ rule?

This new powerplay adds to the existing traditional powerplay at the beginning of the innings. During these “Power Blast Overs,” which will be played in the 16th and 17th overs, only four fielders will be allowed outside the circle, mimicking an aggressive phase similar to the initial powerplay. This is expected to create a more exciting and high-scoring end to the innings.

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Tournament Director for LPL 2024, Mr. Samantha Dodanwela, explained the rationale behind the rule. “We decided to bring this innovation in order to create further excitement for the league, which is growing year after year,” he said.

The move clearly shows the LPL following the IPL and other T20 league’s trend of introducing new rules to enhance the entertainment value of the shortest format of the game. It will be interesting to see how this new powerplay shapes the strategies of the teams and the overall outcome of the matches in the upcoming LPL season. The LPL 2024 edition will be played from July 1 to July 21.


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