With the end of the Lalit Modi era, the owners' right to enter the players' area has also been restricted. The Indian Premier League governing council headed by Chirayu Amin has decided that owners will not be allowed to sit in the players' dug outs. IPL have created a special owners' seating area for the Preity Zintas and Nita Ambanis.
While launching the Twenty20 league, then IPL chairman Lalit Modi had decided to issue an all-area accreditation badge to one member of each of the eight franchisees. The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit officials of the International Cricket Council, however, had reservations about the idea. Also, with a couple of teams failing to meet the deadline for players' payments last season, the first thing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did on the opening day of IPL 4 was to give assurance to all the players that their interest will be taken care of.
Board secretary N Srinivasan addressed all the captains during the pre-tournament meet at the team hotel here and told them the BCCI will ensure all players are paid their dues, and in case they face any problem, they should immediately contact the board.
Last year, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals were involved in disputes over player payments. They were allowed to participate in this edition on the condition that they deposit a sum with the BCCI that will be used to pay the players in case the teams default.
Also, the IPL rule book says the board has the discretion to pay the players from the franchisee's central revenue share. According to the rule, the players' salary would be paid in three instalments - in March, at the end of the IPL season, and in October.Bowlers warm-up
In the captains' meeting, Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar's suggestion to allow the bowlers to warm up on the sidelines during a match was agreed to by all the teams. Now, during the match, the bowlers can step outside the boundary line (during the over change) and warm up with the help of the support staff (but there will be no time relaxation). It will mainly help the fast bowlers, who might be brought to bowl the death overs after having bowled their first two overs at the start. In the rapid T20 game, he doesn't get adequate time to warm up.
Glam & game
The ideology of the men in power now doesn't match the flamboyant style of Modi. They are clear glamour cannot hijack actual cricket. "There will be no IPL-hosted parties. The franchisees though are allowed to host their own parties if they are keen," a BCCI official told HT.
Random dope testing will take place both in and out of competition. On match days, the selection will be made from the playing squad and substitutes. Three players from each team will be selected; two will be tested with the third a standby in case of injury. Testing will take place after the match.
Once the game has ended, the player selected to be tested will be advised by a chaperon. The chaperon will need to remain with the player until the testing is done, and cannot be locked out of the dressing room if post-game meetings are taking place.
On non-match days, the player will be picked from entire squad.
The timeouts, however, remain unchanged. As in last season, there will be two time-outs of 150 seconds each in both innings. The fielding side could opt for it between 6th to 9th over, and the batting side could opt for it from 13th to 16th over.