As per the reports of Indian Express, the BCCI will introduce the ‘Impact Player’ regulation in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, and will likely apply the rule in the next Indian Premier League as well. As per the rule, teams can replace one member of their playing XI during a match as well, if they think it will be useful.
Notably, the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will begin on October 11 as well. The rule, however, has taken inspiration from the Big Bash League (BBL), which shares that teams can replace one member of their playing XI during a game if they think it needs to be done. However, the BCCI will try to use it first in state cricket so that teams and players will get used to it as well.
“With the ever- growing popularity of T20 cricket, it is imperative that we look at introducing new dimensions which will make this format more attractive and interesting not only for our viewers but also the participating teams from a strategic viewpoint,” the BCCI wrote to all state associations, reported by Indian Express. “Teams need to identify playing XI and 4 substitutes at the time of the toss. Out of the 4 substitutes named in the team sheet, only one of the players can be used as an Impact player.”
However, the use of the Impact Player is not mandatory in a match and it is up to the teams whether they want to use it or not as well. An Impact Player can be introduced any time before the end of either innings’ 14th over as well. Notably, in the BBL in Australia, this rule is named ‘X-Factor Player’, and it can be applied to either the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet, who can come into the game after the 10th over of the first innings and replace any player who is yet to bat, or has bowled no more than one over in the game as well.