Cricket was revolutionized by the BCCI in 2008 when it brought the dazzle of the entertainment world into cricket in the form of the ‘Indian Premier League’. Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is taking it one step further as it introduces the new concept of a Power Player.
What is 'Power Player'?
As per this concept, teams will be allowed to substitute a player at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over at any point in the game.
A BCCI official said that the concept has been approved and will be further discussed in the IPL Governing Council meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday in the Mumbai BCCI HQ.
“We are looking at a scenario where a team will not name the Playing XI. They will announce the 15 and a player can be substituted at either the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over at any point in the game. While we are looking to introduce it in the IPL, trying the concept first in the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy could be the ideal way forward,” the official said.
The official said that this new concept has the ability to be a game-changer and will also be pushing the teams to think out-of-the-box.
Explaining the concept in detail, the official said,
“Imagine you need 20 runs off the last six balls and you have Andre Russell sitting in the dug-out as he wasn’t a hundred percent and wasn’t part of the original XI. But now, he can just walk in and go slam-bang and win you the game.
“Similarly, say you need to defend six runs off the last over and you have someone like a Jasprit Bumrah sitting in the dug-out. So, what does the captain do? Brings in Bumrah at the end of the 19th over and there you go. The concept has the potential to change the game."
Looks like IPL 2020 will be grander and will bring us some exciting, unexpected turns.