New rules for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 have been announced by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The BCCI stated in a statement, “The 20 overs of an innings must be completed within 90 minutes. Previously, the 20th over usually started within 90 minutes or in 90 minutes. Now the 20th over has been included within 90 minutes. ”
According to the statement, in IPL matches, a minimum of 14.1 overs per hour must be completed (excluding strategic time-out time). In a match, the 20th over should be bowled within 90 minutes of the start of the innings (85 minutes of playtime and 5 minutes of time-out). If the overs of the game need to be reduced due to rain interruption or any other interruption, then the duration of the match will also change. 90 minutes are allotted for 20 overs and an average of 4 minutes and 15 seconds will be deducted for the omission of each over.
Considering the time further, the BCCI has given the authority to the fourth umpire with the task of enforcing the rules and has given the power to warn the batting team if they engage in time-wasting tactics. According to, “Section 184.108.40.206 includes a provision to penalize a batting team for wasting time.” The fourth umpire will make both the batting captain (if not on the wicket) and the team manager aware of the warnings.
The BCCI has also removed the soft signal rule in the IPL. Under the new rules, the on-field umpire’s soft signal will not affect the third umpire’s decision. The BCCI stated that the 3rd umpire will not be required to signal the software for showing his decision, conforming to on-field umpire’s soft signal.
The BCCI further said, “If both on-field umpires need the help of the third umpire to make a decision, the two umpires on the field will be able to communicate with the third umpire through two-way radio. To take this kind of advice, the on-field umpire on the bowlers’ side will make a TV screen shape with his/her hand and ask the third umpire to observe. The third umpire will determine whether the batsman is out, whether the delivery ball was correct, or whether the batsman was deliberately blocked on the field. In determining the correct catch, the third umpire will be able to use all the technical support available to him/her. Then the third umpire will be able to announce his/her decision. “
There are grievances of soft signal cancellation in the cricket world and the Indian captain Virat Kohli has been the most vocal against the rule. He was also against the umpire’s call in the LBW decision and the BCCI has decided to fix it. Umpire calls will be used to understand the impact zone (whether in wicket-zone or not) during ball-tracking.
The BCCI has also made a correction on the short run call of umpires. A third umpire has been approved to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision to reduce the batting team’s runs in this manner if the call is wrong. Last year there was a big controversy in the game between Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Delhi Capitals, where the umpire’s wrong short-run call in the square leg proved costly for the Punjab team.
The new rules are expected to be seen in the very first match of the prestigious franchise tournament, the IPL 2021.
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