The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revolutionized the modern cricket after the introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. And now they are looking to take further more forward. As per the source BCCI is likely to introduce the “Power Player” in IPL 2020
What is the “Power Player” in IPL 2020?
The latest concept of “Power Player” will allow both the bowling and batting team to substitute any player at any stage of the game. For this, they have to list the 15 member squad for the game. The teams can substitute any player at any time from that 15 player list.
The BCCI official confirmed that this concept of “Power Player” has got the green signal and first it will be tested in the Domestic League. As per the source, this concept will be used in the upcoming Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
“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 BCCI official said to IANS.
How Power Player can change the game?
When the BCCI official was asked how this idea of Power Player can change the game, he shared this with an example
“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.
Well, the concept is looking interesting but need a good implementation with minimum flaws so it can be beneficial for both the teams. Let’s see whether BCCI is going to implement in the upcoming IPL season in 2020.