In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season, Only Indian Players Will be Subject to the Impact Player Rule. As of yet, IPL regulations do not include Impact Players as part of the official regulations of the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The report says that franchises know that they can not substitute foreign players with each other. On the other hand, teams can not exchange Indian cricketers with foreign players.
The report stated that BCCI established this rule to protect the basic concept of only four overseas players playing in an IPL match. Recently, the BCCI announced that they plan to introduce Impact Players Rule for the upcoming IPL season. The cricket board’s note read:
“From IPL 2023 Season a tactical/strategic concept will be introduced to add a new dimension to IPL, wherein one substitute player per team will be able to take a more active part in an IPL match. The regulations pertaining to the same will be issued shortly.”
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) 2022 was the first game to introduce player substitution, drawing inspiration from football. In this year’s SMAT, BCCI explained that Impact Player would add a new tactical and strategic dimension.
The cricket board had explained: “A number of team sports allow teams to make tactical substitutes i.e. football, rugby, basketball, baseball. The substitute is allowed to perform or participate like any other regular player.”
Following SMAT 2022 rules, teams can introduce a substitute before the 14th over in either inning. However, the captain/head coach/team manager must notify the on-field or fourth umpires before the end of the current over.
Hrithik Shokeen became the first Impact Player in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He replaced a player who could not participate in the match.
BCCI Take ON Impact Player Rule
“The concept is to allow one substitute player per team to take a more active part in a match. This would add a new tactical /strategic dimension to the game. A number of team sports allow teams to make tactical substitutes i.e. football, rugby, basketball, baseball. The substitute is allowed to perform or participate like any other regular player.” The BCCI had said.