IPL 2024: Here Are All New Rule Changes For Season 17 Of Indian Premier League

With only one day remaining until the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 begins, anticipation is at its peak. Chennai Super Kings (CSK), led by MS Dhoni, will kick off their title defence in the tournament’s opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Faf du Plessis. The action-packed showdown will take place at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 22 (Friday). Interestingly, IPL 2024 will also see a few new changes in the rules.

Introduction of Second Bouncer Rule

Earlier this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) implemented the second bouncer rule in the playing conditions of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT), an inter-state national T20 championship in the BCCI domestic calendar. Now, the Board has decided to maintain this rule for the IPL as well. Hence, in an effort to foster a more balanced contest between bat and ball, this season will see bowlers being permitted to deliver two bouncers in an over. This marks a notable departure from previous seasons, wherein only one short ball was allowed.

Continuation Of Catch Review For Stumping Referrals

In another significant playing condition, the BCCI will persist with the rule of checking for a catch when a referral is made for stumping. Unlike the International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations where stumping calls are solely reviewed by the on-field umpire’s referral, this rule ensures fairness for the fielding side by examining the possibility of a catch before confirming a stumping decision. Teams will maintain their allowance of two referrals and will retain the ability to review wides and no balls, a rule introduced last year.

Absence Of Stop Clock Rule

Interestingly, there will be no implementation of the stop clock rule in the IPL, which contrasts with recent changes in ICC playing conditions where this rule has been permanently adopted in white-ball international matches. 

Introduction Of Smart Replay System

Furthermore, the IPL is poised to introduce the Smart Replay System this season, aiming to expedite and enhance the accuracy of reviews during matches.

According to an ESPNcricinfo report, the IPL 2024 is set to implement the Smart Replay System, which will feature eight high-speed cameras from Hawk-Eye strategically positioned around the ground. Two operators from Hawk-Eye will collaborate with the TV umpire, providing them with real-time images to facilitate quicker and more accurate decision-making.

This new setup eliminates the need for the TV broadcast director, who previously served as an intermediary between the Hawk-Eye operators and the third umpire. With the Smart Replay System, the TV umpire will have access to a broader range of visuals, including split-screen images, compared to previous setups.

Additionally, the Impact Player rule, introduced last year, will continue to be in effect.

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