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IPL 2019: 5 innovative ideas that can make the tournament more interesting

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Suresh Raina, the leading run-scorer in the IPL, was a useful Super Sub for India
Suresh Raina, the leading run-scorer in the IPL, was a useful Super Sub for India

The Indian Premier League has established itself as one of the most successful leagues in the world. After the initial reluctance from BCCI to embrace the T20 format of the game, the triumph in the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007 for Team India paved the way for the establishment and growth of the league.

The blend of cricket and entertainment led to the huge popularity of the tournament right from the first season in 2008. The league has provided the domestic players a platform to play with and against the stalwarts of the game.

Several players like Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Mayank Markande, etc. have been fast-tracked into the national team after their impressive performances in the IPL.

The IPL has also introduced different innovations like strategic time-out, fairplay award, longest six challenge, orange cap, purple cap, fan army, VIP box, etc. With IPL 2019 set to begin soon, let us have a look at some new rules which could be introduced to make the tournament even more exciting.

#1 Super Sub

In 2005, the ICC had introduced a new rule which allowed the teams to substitute a player in the playing XI with a 12th player, who was referred to as ‘Super Sub’. The rule proved useful on numerous occasions, but was discontinued after a short time owing to some of the drawbacks.

Most significant of those drawbacks was the fact that the teams were required to name their assigned ‘Super Sub’ before the toss, which favoured the team winning the toss.

The rule can be an exciting addition to the IPL with some modifications as under:

- IPL teams consists of two sets of players: Indian and overseas. Hence, the teams would name 13 players - at least 8 Indians and up to 5 overseas.

- The teams can assign the two ‘Super Sub’ players after the toss from among the 13 players mentioned above.

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- Only one among the two ‘Super Sub’ players can be a substitute and can come in at any point in the match.

- Only the player who comes in as a ‘Super Sub’ would be accorded with the appearance in the particular match.  

This rule will enable the teams to pick specialist batsmen and bowlers who can perform consistently rather than bits and pieces players. 

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