IPL News: Special Umpire For No-Ball! On-Field Umpires Set To Have Backup In IPL
Umpiring howlers highlighted the previous season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as there were many instances when the umpires failed to make right decisions. One of the instances between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians saw RCB lose the math as the on-field umpire failed to spot the no-ball – bowled by Lasith Malinga.
After the match, RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli had criticised the umpiring. BCCI seems to have taken a note of it as multiple reports suggest that there will a specialist umpire who will make a decision on no-balls – whether front foot no-ball or any other no-ball. The board might also test the same during the remainder of the domestic season.
Having a backup will surely improve the decision-making process. There is a third umpire and reserve umpire during a match but the third umpire comes into play when asked by the on-field umpires while the reserve umpire comes into play in case the on-field umpire needs to be substituted.
Multiple reports also confirm that there will be no ‘power player’ in IPL 2020. The reason behind holding it back is the time constraint. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starts on November 8 and there isn’t enough time for the board to implement the rule in the T20 tournament.
As per the rule, a team will name a squad of 15 players for a match and can substitute any player at any point of time.
It was also announced that the auction for IPL 2020 will take place on December 19 in Kolkata. Just like the previous year, it will be a mini-auction. There will be a mega-auction next year for IPL 2021 as the three-year contract will come to an end after the next season.
This year the franchises will release a few players but next year, they will be able to retain just five players by the means of retention and Right to Match card.
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