The IPL governing council led by Lalit Modi has been having things their way as far as the tournament and its playing conditions are concerned.
Following the protest by the Chennai Super Kings on the Delhi Daredevils using David Warner as their substitute in the previous game at Durban last Thursday, the IPL on Tuesday brought a change to the rule governing substitutes. As soon as the protest was made by the team owned by the influential N. Srinivasan, the wheels began to turn behind the scenes.
As per the new rule a foreigner can come onto the field as a substitute only if a foreigner has gone off (for injury or illness).
In the case of an Indian player leaving the field he will have to replaced by an Indian. This is to ensure that there is absolute clarity on the stipulation that there will be no more than four foreigners on the field for a given team at any point.
This change in rule was conveyed to the teams after Tuesday’s match involving Daredevils and Royals began at the Supersport Park here. As a result both teams were forced be careful in who they selected as the five reserve players in the dugout. It was understood that besides David Warner, the other foreigner in the reserves’ list for Daredevils was Farveez Maharoof. Following the new rule, Daredevils had to scratch Maharoof’s name and include Yogesh Nagar.
Only days ago HT had brought to light the Chennai team’s protest to the Warner incident even as the Delhi Daredevils insisted they had not broken any rules. Now the rule itself has been changed.