The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 is all set to introduce the Red Card rule in order to maintain the necessary over rates in the tournament. As per this rule, one player will be removed from the fielding side if they are behind the schedule at the start of the 20th over of the innings.
Red Card and penalties are proportionate and necessary: CPL Operations Director
“We have been disappointed that our T20 games have been getting longer and longer each year, and we want to do what we can to arrest this trend,” Michael Hall, the CPL’s tournament operations director, said in a statement.
“It is the duty of those involved in cricket to ensure that the game keeps moving and we have sensitised both the franchises and our match officials to this duty ahead of the tournament. Our hope is that these in-game penalties are not needed, but we believe they are proportionate and necessary,” he further added.
“Over rates will be monitored by the third umpire and communicated to the captains via on-field umpires at the end of every over, as well as to the crowd and TV audience, with graphics showing how far they are behind (or ahead of) the over rate. Dispensations will be given for injuries, DRS and time-wasting by batting side where appropriate,” the statement mentioned.
Slow over-rate penalties in CPL 2023
- If the fielding side is behind the required over rate at the start of the 18th over, 1 additional player must enter the 30-yard circle (total of 5 fielders inside the circle) .
- If the fielding side is behind the required over rate at the start of the 19th over, 2 additional fielders must enter the 30-yard circle (total of 6 fielders inside the circle).
- If the fielding side is behind the required over rate at the start of the 20th over, the team will then lose a player from the field selected by the captain as per the Red Card rule and they will have 6 fielders inside the fielding circle.
- The batting side will be slapped with a 5-run penalty for each instance of time wasting after the first and final warning from the umpires.
The Caribbean Premier League will have an 85-minutes-per-inning rule in the upcoming edition. As per the official statement, the 17th over of the innings must be completed by 72 minutes and 15 seconds, the 18th over by 76 minutes and 30 seconds, and the 19th over by 80 minutes and 45 seconds, before the final over ends within 85 minutes.
The men’s CPL 2023 will begin on August 17, while the women’s event will get underway on August 31 with the newly proposed Red Card rule.