Change of Rules in IPL 2021

IPL 2021 will witness certain changes in the rules pertaining to T20 International matches. Let's have a look at them and their implications thereon.

Mainly there have been two changes made in the rules for the upcoming IPL.

  1. No Soft Signal by the Umpire

  2. Limit of one innings to 90 minutes

Both the decisions have been influenced by the recent happenings in T20Is. Talking about the removal of soft signal of the umpire, it was seen twice in the T20 series between India and England that due to the soft signal given by the umpire on-field, the decision was given in favor of the batsman, even when there was reasonable evidence of dismissal. Many controversies had arise when Surya Kumar Yadav, in his debut match, was declared out on the catch of Dawid Malan. It was very clear in the replay that the ball had touched the ground piercing Malan's fingers. But then also, the third umpire went with the soft signal of the umpire.

Thus, BCCI has decided to remove the rule of soft signal when the umpire is not sure about the decision. He shall have to straightaway pass on the decision right to the third umpire for true and fair decision. This will also reduce the burden from the umpires as they had to give their decisions even when they had no clue of the correct happening. Now they can delegate their responsibility to the advanced technology which will always land on to the correct decision.


The second rule change came about the time limits of an inning in a T20 match. According to the previous rules, an inning must be in its 20th over in the 90th minute, or in simpler words, at least 19 overs must have been completed till the 90th minute. Thus, earlier a T20 inning got over by 95-100 minutes on an average. But now, the new rules have made it compulsory to wrap up the inning in 90 minutes i.e. now all the 20 overs shall have to be completed in the 90 minutes time limit, where the bowling team's captain shall be liable to fine if the team fails to do so.

This rule has especially been mandated due to the delays that occurred in the final over of every inning, where the bowlers and captains took a long time setting up their field and directing the players. Due to this reason, a match which is generally scheduled for 180 minutes, takes around 210 minutes to complete, ruining the discipline of cricket.

Thus, both the decisions are directed towards making cricket more fair and standardized. Anything loses its worth when it loses discipline. Therefore, the stakeholders are always devoted to make cricket a game which is loved and respected by everyone.

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