IPL 2024 Rules and Regulations

On Friday, March 22, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will resume for its 17th season. A major matchup between the reigning champion Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru will take place in the first game on home soil.

Up till April 7, the first round of fixtures has been decided. The remaining matches will be published following the announcement of the dates for India’s general elections. Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans will square off in another tantalizing first-round match for the first time since all-rounder Hardik Pandya returned to MI.

It can be challenging to remember which regulations apply in which competition with so many T20 leagues and matches in action. Here are all the guidelines that will be in effect for the forthcoming IPL season: 

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IPL 2024: Complete set of rules and guidelines for gameplay

The following regulations have changed from the previous season, with one significant change made in advance of the 2024 campaign.

Each over, two bouncers

The BCCI declared that fast bowlers will henceforth be permitted to bowl two bouncers every over, instead of just one, as a change from the previous playing conditions. Because of this, bowlers are now somewhat more in control and less predictable to hitters. The IPL’s playing regulations state in clauses & that “a bowler shall be limited to two fast short-pitched deliveries per over.” A ball that passes or would have passed over the shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is referred to as a quick, short-pitched delivery.”

Examining various methods of dismissing a batsman

The ICC had declared in January of this year that while evaluating stumping appeals, the TV umpires would no longer look for caught behind dismissals. When an umpire review or player review is sought, the IPL has decided to keep the previous rule in place, which permits the third umpire to examine all potential modes of dismissal. Under Appendix D, clause 2.1.4 reads: “Additionally, if the third umpire finds the batter is Out by another mode of dismissal (excluding LBW), or Not out by any mode of dismissal (excluding LBW), he/she shall notify the on-field umpire so that the correct decision is made”.

Referrals for no-balls and wides

One other rule that has been maintained from the previous year is that players are allowed to review wides and no-balls in addition to dismissals. This allocation was utilized in the just-finished Women’s Premier League but is not available in international cricket. Clause 3.1.1 of Appendix D states:

“Except “Timed Out” (Player Review), a player may request a review of any decision made by the on-field umpires regarding whether or not a batter is ejected. A player may also be permitted to challenge any wide or no ball ruling made by on-field umpires.”

The impact player and the concussion substitution continue to be the two ways that teams can change players on the pitch in addition to these three rules. Additionally, they are permitted to swap fielders; but, they are not permitted to bat or bowl.

No longer eligible to bat in the second Super Over

The terms of play have also made it clear that a batter cannot bat again in the same inning or the following Super Over “even with the consent of the fielding captain” if they retire out in the first Super Over.

The explanation follows the recent Twenty20 International between Afghanistan and India, in which Rohit Sharma came out to bat in the second Super Over after being declared out in the first. Although there was some doubt, the umpires allowed the Indian captain to bat again with the other captain’s permission because the playing conditions were unclear.

Smart Replay System (SRS)

To improve decision-making speed and accuracy for the impending Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) implemented the Smart Replay System. The TV umpire will have access to a wider range of graphics, including split-screen views, thanks to the Smart Replay System.

With the Smart Replay System, the TV umpire will get views from eight of Hawk-Eye’s high-speed cameras across the ground straight from two Hawk-Eye operators who will be seated in the same room as the umpire.

Referrals for overthrows, catches, run-outs, and stumpings are all possible with the new Smart Replay System. The TV umpire can use the Smart Review System to ask the Hawk-Eye operators to show the split screen in the event of a stumping referral.

With the use of the new technology, stumpings will be judged by the TV umpire using tri-vision, which is essentially a single frame of footage captured by both side-on and front-on cameras.

The BCCI has decided to keep the rule requiring verification of a catch in place for requests for stumping made during an IPL 2024 match. Regulations from the ICC state that the on-field umpire is only allowed to review stumping calls, which violates this decision.

Despite adopting these progressive measures, the Indian Premier League has opted not to enforce the stop-clock regulation, in contrast to the latest ICC playing standards for white-ball international matches.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) Will the IPL 2024 have an impact player rule?

Sure, exactly like in 2023.

2) In the IPL 2024, what is the substitution rule?

Before the 14th over of either innings ends, the substitute can replace any player in the starting XI and can bat and bowl his entire allotted number of overs.

3) In the IPL, are two bouncers permitted?

The double bouncer rule was first implemented by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT 2024). Following the encouraging outcomes that help to balance the game a little, the IPL GC has advanced it to the top cricket league as well. 

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