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Reduced time-outs on cards in third edition

cricket Updated: Mar 05, 2010 01:39 IST
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One of the most controversial decisions of the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the introduction of "strategic time-outs".

The mandatory seven-and-a-half-minutes breaks after 10 overs of each innings came under severe criticism by the fans and players alike.

As a result, IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi tweeted recently that the rule has been modified for IPL-3, with the time-out reduced to five minutes per innings.

And on Friday, while unveiling a couple of new sponsorship deals, Modi spelt out the details of the revised time-outs.

Similar to power plays in one-dayers, the bowling and batting sides have a choice of selecting two-and-a-half minutes during every innings in each of the 60 matches.

“Now we have changed it to a total of five minutes split into two-and-a-half minutes for each time,” Modi said during a media conference on Thursday.

“The bowling team can take it from overs six to eight while we have noticed that the batting team always need to discuss with their teammates at the end stages, so they can opt for the time-out between overs 11-16.”

While most franchisees understood the commercial interest in the decision, some of them pointed out the importance of a break in between the innings purely from the perspective of team strategy.

T.A. Sekar, the Mumbai Indians's Director of Cricket, for instance, pointed out that the pace of the Twenty20 format calls for a strategy break.

“You need a break in Twenty20 because executing the plan is of utmost importance in this format.

“You don't have time to come back in this game. You make a mistake and very rarely you can come back,” Sekar said on Thursday.

“On most occasions, the match is decided by one over or one ball. One 25-run over can change the complexion of the game.

“The strategy break might be helpful in this regard. It helps if somebody sitting in the dressing room observes something and tells the players himself rather than asking someone to carry gloves on the field.

“It's an innovation that they are trying out. It may work, it may not.”