In a major change in the playing conditions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, teams can now announce their playing XI after the toss, according to a report on ESPNCricinfo. A similar route was taken in the SA20, where the teams had to put 13 names on the sheet before announcing the final XI after the toss.
This comes in after the introduction of the impact player rule, which gives an opportunity to replace a player with someone on the bench, depending on the need and situation of the game. The captain now has the luxury of picking the best XI after the toss depending on whether his side is batting or bowling. Accordingly, the team can pick the impact player as well.
The impact rule was introduced in India for the first time during the previous season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, the teams needed to be named before toss and the impact player was to be brought in any time before the 14th over of the match. There's no such rule in the IPL though.
"Currently the captains have to exchange the teams before the toss," a note accessed by ESPNCricinfo said.
"This has been changed to exchange of teams immediately post the toss, to enable teams to choose the best XI depending on whether they are batting or bowling first. It will also assist the teams to plan for the impact player."
With this tweak, the importance of the toss will be reduced to a certain extent and the playing conditions will be fair for both the teams. The other changes include an over-rate penalty where in only four players will be allowed after the 30-yard circle for every over not completed.
Also, unfair movement by the wicketkeeper or a fielder will result in a dead ball and five penalty runs.