In a latest development in IPL, a new tactical rule known as ‘Impact Player’ is set to be implemented from the next season in 2023. During the toss, both the captains have to name four players out of which he can use one to replace a player from the playing 11.
The Impact Player can be used at any time before the end of the 14th over of either innings and it cannot be used if the match is reduced to 10 overs due to any circumstances. The substitute player can participate like other players (bat for full overs or bowl quota of 4 overs). If one team has used the impact player rule but the game is reduced to less than 10 overs in the next innings then the other team can use the rule.
We saw the Impact Player being tested recently in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when Delhi all-rounder Hrithik Shokeen was used as a substitute player and he helped his team to emerge victorious against Manipur.
This is a game-changer rule as seen in Australia's Big Bash League where this rule was introduced much before and is used by many captains. It is known as the X-Factor rule in the BBL league.
On the announcement of the new IPL rule, Board of Control for Cricket in India said, “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.”