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“Was used as a test in IPL”, Jay Shah on Impact Player Rule

After receiving a couple of unpleasant comments over the “Impact Player” rule, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah revealed that they implemented the Impact Player rule in IPL on a trial basis.

Earlier Indian captain Rohit Sharma and bowler Mohammed Siraj expressed their disappointment over the Impact player rule followed in the IPL.

The Impact Player rule which was not a part of international cricket yet, was introduced in the IPL in 2023 and continued to be used in this year’s Indian Premier League.

Following a negative review from the Indian captain, the BCCI Secretary reacted for the first time regarding the Impact Player rule.

As per a report, Jay Shah said “Impact player was used as a test in IPL, it was done so that two Indian players could get a chance. It’s not permanent, we will have a discussion with the Indian captain, players, franchises, coaches and then take a call on it. The meeting can happen once the World Cup is over”. 

During a podcast with Adam Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma explains why the “Impact Player Rule” is not going to help the Indian cricket going ahead.

“I am not a big fan of Impact sub-rule. It is going to hold all rounders back, eventually cricket is played by 11 players not 12 players. You are taking out so much from game to make it entertaining for people around,” he said on the podcast “Club Prairie Fire.”

Mohammed Siraj explains why BCCI should remove the Impact Player rule from the Indian Premier League.

“It’s important to be comfortable, if you think too much, it’ll lead to negativity and frustrations, so I always try to be as positive as possible, try to close all negative connotations around me. Please remove this impact sub thing (laughs), the wickets are already flat and there’s nothing for the bowlers in it, previously, it used to be slow at times, but the batters now come out swinging at absolutely everything,” Siraj said.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj(Image: X)

How does the Impact Player Rule Affect the Allrounders?

In the first match of the season which was played between CSK and RCB, Royal Challengers Bengaluru won the toss and opted to bat first.

As CSK were forced to bowl first, Chennai Super Kings included Mustafizur Rahman in their playing 11 for the first inning and replaced him with Shivam Dube for the second innings. This made Dube to play as a pure batter instead of an allrounder.

This kind of player switching options restricts their all-rounding performance and forces them to shine in any one department.

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