Today we discuss 5 rules which are implemented for the first time in IPL 2020. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures- a maxim which has been kept in mind for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League this time around. A tournament that will take place amid a raging Pandemic that is still encroaching upon the lives of millions of people all across the globe, the Board Of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has taken the responsibility of organizing their marquee event with equal aplomb this time as well.
However owing to the Pandemic, the situation in India is too critical to hold a cricket Tournament of IPL’s magnitude. Thus the tried and tested formula for holding the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been implemented. However new guidelines and regulations have been established under which the entire tournament will be held. Following would be the rules that would be implemented for the first time in IPL 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)-
No Ball Umpire
This is the first time that a separate third umpire would be instituted to check the no-ball after every delivery is bowled. Earlier there were complaints from the various cricket committees that discrepancy took place in this process. This happened because the no-ball was only reviewed if the batsman was not satisfied with the decision given by the umpire and would appeal for a Decision Review System (DRS).
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However, if he was correctly adjudged out even if the bowler had overstepped, the benefit of the doubt would not go to the batsman. Thus to eliminate this error, the guidelines for a No Ball Umpire were issued. Among the rules implemented for the first time in IPL 2020.
No Opening Ceremony
This is the first time in the history of IPL that no opening ceremony would be held. This event was in the past held with grandeur, with eminent celebrities attending the ground to grace the ceremony with their presence.
A gala evening was followed by the inauguration ceremony where the captains and owners of every team playing in the tournament were invited and asked about their vision for the tournament. This time owing to the Pandemic, the opening ceremony has been canceled. Among the rules implemented for the first time in IPL 2020.
No Crowds in the Stadium
To maintain social distancing and stop the resurgence of the virus on the cricket ground, a place where congregations are obvious, no crowds will be allowed into the stadium and the players would be playing in empty stadiums.
The ground authorities, team management staff (that too only a restricted contingent of people), and the administrative delegates would be allowed inside the stadium. To maintain the presence of the fans audiovisual effects have been created. Speakers playing the cheers of the crowd would be played in the stadium at a stipulated duration of time. Among the rules implemented for the first time in IPL 2020.
This is the first time that a cricket tournament will be held inside a BioSecure Bubble. The entire ground facilities will be sprayed with disinfectants and sanitized regularly. Strict quarantine rules would be established for the players in which they have to be under strict quarantine of 14 days, every cricketer would be kept in completely secluded surroundings and they would be tested regularly to detect if there is a presence of the virus and restrict the chances of contraction. Among the rules implemented for the first time in IPL 2020.
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Boundary Count Rule
After the World Cup 2019 final, which ended in the most dramatic circumstances seldom witnessed on a cricket field, the rule of boundary count was introduced. In this, if the teams do go for a super over and there’s a tie there as well, the team with the maximum number of boundaries in their respective innings would be declared the winners. Among the rules implemented for the first time in IPL 2020.
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