IPL’s new playing conditions omit soft signal and include strict 90-minute time restrictions
For the IPL 2021, the BCCI announced new playing conditions, without more soft signal from the referees on the field, which has made a lot of noise lately. Along with that, with plenty of late endings to last year’s games, BCCI also included a strict 90 minute time restriction for the innings.
Over the past two weeks, the soft signal decision has created quite a stir in Indian cricket, with decisions going against the Indian team in the series against England. This irritated the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who spoke about the decision and said these decisions create an unnecessary “gray” area in decision-making.
However, before the 2021 edition of the IPL, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that there would be no software signal. According to Cricbuzz reports, the referee’s decision on the pitch will not be made as a final decision, with the third referee having full authority for such decisions.
“The on-field referee giving a soft signal while sending the decision back to the third referee will not be applicable,” BCCI said, Cricbuzz reported.
“If the two umpires on the field need the assistance of the third umpire in making a decision, the pitcher’s end umpire must first make a decision on the court after consulting with the end umpire. attacker, before consulting the third referee by two-way radio, ”he added.
It should, however, be initiated by the bowler’s final umpire, who should make a decision alongside the third umpire, with the words of the third umpire being final for the decision.
“Such consultation should be initiated by the bowler’s end umpire with the third umpire by creating the shape of a television screen with his hands. The third umpire will determine whether the batter was caught, whether the delivery was a bump-ball, or whether the batter intentionally obstructed the court. In the event of fair catching up, the third referee will use all the technological support at his disposal. The third referee will communicate his decision. “
On the other hand, last year there were several games that went over time, which also caused outrage among fans. In order to eliminate late match procedures, the BCCI has issued a strict time restriction of 90 minutes, in which one round must be completed.
“As a measure to control the timing of matches, the 20th over each inning is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over had to start in the 90th minute or before,” he added.
“For delayed or interrupted matches where an inning is scheduled to be less than 20 overs, the maximum time of 90 minutes will be reduced by 4 minutes 15 seconds for each over by which the innings are shortened,” he said.
In the 2020 edition, there was a match, between the Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals, where a refereeing error, via a short-term decision, cost the Punjab team two points. These changes would now come into effect on April 1.