New over-rate restrictions for the men’s and women’s events of the Caribbean Premier League will be in place starting with the 2023 season.
Every over, the third umpire will keep an eye on the clock and update the players on the over rate status via graphics on the massive screen and the on-field umpires. However, the bowling side will receive accommodations for injuries, DRS, and the batting side’s intentional time wastage.
The maximum time for completing the 20 overs for either team remains 85 minutes, but with a focus on the final four overs:
1. If the 17th over is not completed in 72 minutes and 15 seconds, an additional fielder (for a total of five) must be inside the 30-yard circle before the start of the 18th over.
2. If the 18th over is not completed in 76 minutes and 30 seconds, two more fielders (a total of six) must be inside the 30-yard circle before the start of the 19th over.
3. If the 19th over is not completed in 80 minutes and 45 seconds, one fielder will be removed from the field prior to the start of the 20th over, and six fielders will be placed inside the circle. The fielding captain may select the fielder who will be eliminated.
The batting teams will also receive incentives for being on time. The batting side is subject to a penalty of five runs for each additional incidence of timewasting after receiving one warning for it.
“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,” said Michael Hall, the Tournament Operations Director of the CPL. “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.