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In an innovative move, the CPL will use the “red card” to fight slow over-rates


The men’s and women’s 2023 Caribbean Premier League has announced harsh penalties for teams that play slowly, even implementing a red card-like system of ejecting a player if the fielding side is tardy at the start of an innings, a first in the game.

According to Michael Hall, the CPL’s director of tournament operations, “We have been disappointed that our T20 games have been getting longer and longer each year, and we want to do what we can to arrest this trend.” “It is the responsibility of everyone engaged in cricket to keep the game moving, and we have made the franchisees and our match officials aware of this role in advance of the competition. Although we hope these in-game punishments are not necessary, we think they are fair and appropriate.

penalties for slow over-rates

Five players must be present in the fielding circle at all times if the team is behind the required over rate at the beginning of the 18th over.
Two more fielders must enter the fielding circle, making a total of six fielders inside the circle, if behind the rate at the start of the 19th over.
Teams will lose a player from the field, chosen by the captain, if they are behind the rate at the start of the last over. This leaves six players in the fielding circle.
Batting teams will also be expected to keep the game moving. The batting side will incur a five-run penalty for each instance of time squandering following the umpires’ first and last warnings.

According to a CPL statement, the issue “will be monitored more closely” in the 2023 edition of the competition using the 85-minutes-per-innings guideline for T20 cricket. Before the final over ends within 85 minutes, the 17th over of the innings must be finished in 72 minutes and 15 seconds, the 18th over in 76 minutes and 30 seconds, and the 19th over in 80 minutes and 45 seconds.

“Over rates will be monitored by the third umpire and communicated to the captains via on-field umpires at the end of every over, as well as to the crowd and TV audience, with graphics showing how far they are behind (or ahead of) the over rate,” according to the statement. “Dispensations for injuries, DRS, and time-wasting by the batting side will be given where appropriate.”

The first game of the CPL 2023 for men will be played on August 17 between Jamaica Tallawahs and St. Lucia Kings in Gros Islet, and the first game of the CPL 2023 for women will be played on August 31 between Barbados Royals and Guyana Amazon Warriors in Barbados.

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