The 16 th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is just days away from the start. With only nine days left for the tournament opener, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a couple of changes in the rules of the tournament.
According to the recent reports, it is believed that the teams will announce their Playing XI after the toss in the IPL 2023. It means that the skippers will walk into the field with two team sheets and will hand over the sheets deciding on the result of the teams at toss. This decision comes in order to lessen the impact of the toss. With this change, IPL will become the second league after SA20 to allow the teams to name their XI at toss.
“Currently the captains have to exchange the teams before toss. This has been changed to exchange of teams immediately post the toss, to enable teams to choose the best XI depending on whether they are batting or bowling first. It will also assist the teams to plan for the impact player,” a BCCI representative said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
In another major development, only four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yeard circle for teams as a penalty for every over not completed in the given time. Any unfair movement by the keeper or any fielder will also be watched closely as it will result in five-run penalty. This move will also result in the ball being declared dead.
The IPL 2023 will commence on March 31 with defending champions Gujarat Titans locking horns with Chennai Super Kings in tournament opener. The 52 days tournament will be hosted across 12 venues with the final scheduled to take place on March 28.
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