The Board of Control for Cricket in India is mulling the idea of a Power Player in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. After revolutionizing the T20 format by the inception of the cash-rich league, the Indian board has plans to bring changes to the game by allowing teams to substitute players at the fall of a wicket or at the end of any over during the course of a match.
Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI officer said that the concept has been approved and is awaiting further discussion in the next IPL Governing Council meeting that will be held in the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday.
Under the proposed system, a team will not name their playing XI at toss, and instead will announce a 15-man team. A player can be substituted at the fall of a wicket or at the end of any over. Before being tried out in the IPL, the BCCI is first planning to introduce the concept in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 league.
The officer further adds that the idea can change the whole complexion of the game, which will only induce out-of-the-box thinking and strategising that will help in the engagement of fans. “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,” the official said.
Apart from debating on this concept, the IPL GC will also review the 2019 edition of the league, and will discuss ways on how to make the next edition better and bigger, not only with regards to the game quality nut also fan engagement.