A bigger pool of skilled cricketers, two new teams, and several new captains – IPL 2022 is nothing like the previous seasons of the game. On top of that, this season of the league also comes with a new format and a host of new rules. Let’s take a closer look at the new changes in the league this year.
New format of IPL 2022
As opposed to eight teams and sixty games hitherto, the fifteenth edition of the league will have ten teams and seventy-four games in total that will be spread across sixty-five days in this brand-new format.
For each side in the league stage, there will be fourteen matches as usual. However, the ten teams will be divided into two groups having five teams each. The league will give seedings to its teams and put them in two separate groups for the league phase. These seedings depend on the total number of times a team has emerged victorious or reached the finals in the IPL.
Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL champions and the top seeds, will lead group A. On the other hand, four-time champions Chennai Super Kings are leading group B with number two seeding.
Group A – Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants
Group B – Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Titans, Sunrisers Hyderabad
This new format is going to change everything remarkably for all the franchises, making them try new ideas and plans for their matches.
New rules of IPL 2022
The tournament will also have several rule changes related to the pandemic, DRS, and more.
There will be some changes to the rules about being unable to field a complete team due to some kind of virus infestation in the team. As per the BCCI, in case rescheduling a match isn’t possible, the issue will be handed over to the technical committee. At its discretion, the BCCI will try to reschedule matches for the IPL teams later in the season. In case this isn’t possible, the technical committee will handle the issue and their decision will be binding and final.
The total number of referrals (DRS) has increased from one to two.
The board has endorsed the suggestions of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) that new batsmen will need to take the strike even when the batsmen in middle crossover at the time of a catch. Now, this law will come into effect in October for international cricket. But the IPL is putting this law into effect right away.
So, after a catch dismissal, regardless of whether a batsman has crossed over, the new batsman will have to take up the strike, even when it is the final ball of the over.
As per the BCCI, if going into Super Overs to break a tie is not possible due to the ongoing IPL schedule, the team that has a higher position in the league table will become the winner.
Let’s hope this new season brings more fun and excitement to the fans.