IPL 2019 auction will take place in Kolkata on December 19. Recently, the new IPL governing council was made and they will meet on Tuesday to discuss about the road-map of the upcoming season of IPL. BCCI will plan to introduce a game-changing power player system in the next edition of IPL. The ‘Power player’ is unique where the teams will announce 15 players instead of the final 11.
“With the IPL auction scheduled to be held in Kolkata next month, the idea is to take stock of things and come up with a road map for next season’s league. The planning has already started and we need to execute them properly,” one of the BCCI officials told Sportstar.
“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 official said.
“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.