IPL 2021: Big rule change can happen in IPL 2021 as ‘some franchises want 5 foreigners in the 11’

IPL 2021 New Rules that can come up for discussion: Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 concluded few weeks ago in the UAE with Mumbai Indians winning the coveted trophy for the record fifth time. Now the focus is on IPL 2021. BCCI and IPL Governing Council (GC) is not only considering the addition of new teams to the league but the 14th edition of the league can also see Mega Auction and few big changes in the rules.

BCCI AGM has been scheduled for Dec 24th. In this AGM the proposal to increase teams in IPL will be floated officially. If the proposal is ratified – few rule changes can be discussed by IPL Governing Council at a later stage.

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InsideSport has learnt that some of the IPL franchises are in favour of 5 foreigners in the playing 11 instead of 4 that has been the norm for the past 13 editions of the league.

One of the top BCCI official has confirmed to InsideSport that some franchises have informally requested IPL GC to consider the inclusion of 5th foreigner in the playing11.

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“Some of the franchises have been requesting from the last couple of editions to increase the number of foreigners in the playing11. BCCI is yet to have a serious discussion on the same. Once again request in this regard has been made by some franchises, we will take this up at appropriate forum”, said one of the top BCCI official to InsideSport.

BCCI official further told InsideSport that if the league has to be expanded than it is but obvious that some rule changes will happen at some stage.

“If the league is expanded, few tweaks in the rules and format will surely take place but it is too early to discuss at this stage”, told the BCCI official.

IPL 2021: 4 Big rule changes that can happen in IPL 2021

As the league is likely to get expanded next edition of IPL, some of the rule changes that will come into consideration are as follows –

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Playing format: Reportedly, IPL 2020 will have 9-10 teams instead of eight and the addition of new teams can drive the management to come up with a new format. With 9-10 teams expected in the competition next year, the Governing Council of IPL might do away with round-robin format and instead divide teams into groups.

Increase the number of overseas players allowed in playing XI: As per the current rule, each IPL team may not name more than 4 foreign players in its starting eleven for any match. To maintain the quality of the competition franchises want 5 foreigners in playing11. IPL management is most likely to increase the number of foreign players a team can name in the playing XI to maintain the high quality of the competition. With more overseas players in the mix of things, the tournament will become more competitive and thrilling.

Power Surge: IPL which is known for innovations can also make a small change in Power Play rule on the lines of what Big Bash League has introduced this year. BBL is introducing ‘Power Surge’ rule from the forthcoming edition.

The Power Surge will consist of a two-over period during which the fielding team is allowed only two players outside the inner fielding circle. The batting side can call for this at any point from the 11th over of their innings. The fielding restrictions replicate those of the usual Powerplay at the beginning of an innings. Meanwhile, the Powerplay has been reduced to four overs.

IPL too may get tempted to introduce the same next edition. Earlier Zinger Bails and Jumbotrons were introduced by BBL and then it was used in the Indian Premier League.

X-factor Player: This is another rule that has been introduced in the latest season of BBL and can be implemented in IPL 2021. An X-factor Player is named as either the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet. He can come into the game beyond the 10th over of the first innings and replace any player who is yet to bat or has bowled no more than one over.