IPL New Rules: Over the past few months, there is a debate growing within the cricket fraternity over the “soft signal” decision made by the on-field umpire when referring a decision to the third umpire in case of a debatable call. Virat Kohli had recently spoken about the need to do away with the soft signal decision and adhering to the Indian Team captain’s valid point, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) decided to make some changes in the playing conditions revolving around IPL 2021.
As per the new rules for the IPL 2021, the on-field umpire wouldn’t be allowed to give a “soft signal” while referring to a debatable decision to the third umpire.
“There have been cases wherein the soft signal has kind of created confusion rather than giving clarity to the third umpire and that is why it was felt that going back to the old method of referring decisions to the third umpire if the on-field umpires are not sure should be followed,” as per a source.
It’s a good move by BCCI. The soft-signal was head-scratching and confusing for both players and fans and most of the controversies surround the LBW decision. In that case, the “Umpire’s Call” has created a ruckus in the cricket circle.
Virat Kohli raised a valid point when talking about the soft signal in a recent interview:
“If it hits the stumps or missing the stumps, it should not matter how much the ball is clipping because it is creating a lot of confusion. One more factor that needs to be considered is how the fielding team responds to a dismissal that is claimed. This is somewhere defining the soft signals as well. You have to question what the spirit of the game is and what those guidelines are because if things like that happen with the Indian cricket team overseas then you are talking about a completely different conversation about the spirit of the game,” Kohli had said.
“So look, it is a serious thing which needs to be considered because there is a lot at stake in bigger tournaments. You do not want any grey area hampering the game and it leaves with you no clarity,” Kohli added.
BCCI has also made more changes to the IPL 2021 playing conditions and it revolves around the short-run error. It created a big controversy in IPL 2020 during the match between in the match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings).
“Short-run: In the case of the short run, the third umpire checks the short run and can overturn the decision made by the on-field umpires,” as per the updated playing conditions for IPL 2021.
The IPL 2021 season will kick-off on April 9 with the game between defending champions Mumbai Indians and three-time losing finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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