New Delhi: There will be no soft signal in the IPL 2021, BCCI has announced. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will introduce a new set of guidelines for tournament, which includes abolishment of soft signal and the introduction of time restriction.
The soft signal created a controversy in the India vs England T20I series.
In the third T20I, India batsman Suryakumar Yadav was judged out despite replays showing the opposite, uch to the dismay of the Indian team.
Hence, the BCCI has removed the rule of soft signal in the IPL.
As per the new rule, the on-field umpire’s soft signal will not have any bearing on the third umpire’s decision.
“The on-field umpire giving soft signal while referring the decision to the third umpire will not be applicable,” the BCCI stated.
Dwelling further on this, the BCCI said, “Should both on-field umpires require assistance from the third umpire to make a decision, the bowler’s end umpire shall firstly take a decision on-field after consulting with the striker’s end umpire, before consulting by two-way radio with the third umpire. Such consultation shall be initiated by the bowler’s end umpire to the third umpire by making the shape of a TV screen with his/her hands.
“The third umpire shall determine whether the batsman has been caught, whether the delivery was a bump ball, or if the batsman willfully obstructed the field. In case of a fair catch, the third umpire will use all the technological support available to him/her. The third umpire shall communicate his/her decision.”
India skipper Virat Kohli has been vocal against the soft signal rule, saying it creates confusion.
The BCCI has also stated in the revised playing conditions that the 20th over must be finished in 90 minutes. Earlier, the 20th over was to start by the 90th minute.
According to Cricbuzz, the BCCI said, “As a measure to control the match timings, the 20th over in each innings is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over was to start on or before the 90th minute.”
Elaborating on the point, the BCCI said, “The minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs). In uninterrupted matches, this means that the 20th over should finish within 90 minutes (being 85 minutes of playing time plus 5 minutes of time-out) of the start of the innings.
“For delayed or interrupted matches where an innings is scheduled to be less than 20 overs, the maximum time of 90 minutes shall be reduced by 4 minutes 15 seconds for every over by which the innings is reduced.”