Rules Of The Game
- Each sides bats for 20 overs; the bowling side has to complete the overs in 75 minutes.
- Each bowler is restricted to four overs.
- Fielding restrictions in the first six overs: two fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
- Fielding restrictions for overs 7-20: maximum five fielders allowed outside the circle.
- A 'no-ball' is worth 2 runs, and the batsman gets a free hit after a no-ball. The fielding side is not allowed to change field positions for the free hit. And, the only way the batsman can get out on the free-hit ball is by way of a run out.
- There are run penalties for each over which hasn't been bowled in the allocated time.
- After the fall of a wicket, the next batsman has 90 seconds to get to the crease.
- In the event of a tied match, the teams shall complete in a bowl-out (similar to a penalty shootout). A bowl-out may also be used in the final in the event of a 'no result' due to weather conditions.
- In the bowl-out, the captain nominates 5 bowlers who will bowl one delivery each and teams will take alternate turns to bowl at the stumps. To score, the bowler has to hit the wicket.
- In case of a tie in the bowl-out, the process will be repeated until a result is achieved.
***The clock has struck Twenty20—and yes, it did it twice. Just as fans primed their jaded nerves for the frothy pleasures on view in South Africa (where the first T20 World Cup kicked off midweek), the BCCI dramatically uncorked its own genie-in-a-bottle back in India. The Indian Premier League, the board's riposte to the rebel ICL, was announced on Thursday, with all the ceremony befitting an 'official' tourney. To wit, a global T20 league, with a stupendous prize fund of £2.5 million, and all of eight teams featuring players from over four nations. Top players from India will test their aptitude for this steroidal brand of cricket—virtually, pyjama on speed, with music and cheerleaders thrown in—against T20 champs from England, Australia and South Africa.
BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, who will be the IPL convenor, read out details of the format, the structure of sponsorship et al—watched by the Indian triumvirate of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, plus Stephen Fleming and Glenn Mcgrath. Altogether, there was a ring of authority about it, and the England and Australian boards too have approved. The gauntlet thrown to ICL lies precisely in this 'legitimacy'.