The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is scheduled to be commencing on March 31, and the forthcoming edition of the T20 carnival promises to be one of the best seasons yet. There have been many significant rule changes for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich event, the impact player rule being the biggest one of all.
The impact player rule provides an opportunity to every team to name five substitutes during the toss whom they can bring in during specific points in the match as the impact player. With the tournament right around the corner, various cricketers and coaches came forward to give their take on the rule.
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Recently, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Sanjay Bangar who talked about the introduction of the impact player rule.
While featuring on RCB Diaries, Sanjay Bangar said, “From now on, I believe it is going to be 12 players playing against 12 players. Because most teams will want their specialists to occupy their batting or bowling slots. So, it is going to be a little bit more difficult for players to contribute in both departments, especially lower down the order at No. 7, where they may not get utilised that much. Their spot may go to the specialist batter or bowler.”
Following Bangar’s comments on the impact player rule, RCB’s Director of Cricket Mike Hesson also gave his opinion on the newly implemented rule. He opined that the franchise thought it would be an interesting development for the tournament.
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Mike Hesson explained, “We heard about the impact player rule before the auction itself, so we looked into it. We thought, how can we maximize this? There’s a potential for the all-rounder to play a big part. So, there was some strategy involved; I quite liked it; it brought a little bit of intrigue, and I thought it was a nice development.”