IPL to trial pink balls

2009-11-16 14:29

New Delhi - Indian Premier League organisers have voted to come under the supervision of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit next season and to add two new teams and trial pink balls in 2011.

The IPL said seven of the eight existing teams had voted in favour of expanding the league to 10 clubs in 2011, Press Trust of India reported on Monday.

Organisers of the lucrative Twenty20 league announced in a statement that they'd agreed to several rules changes during a three-day meeting. Among those were that teams will be allowed to trade players, will be able to use four fielding substitutes, and that any ball delivered above waist height will be declared a no-ball.

Organisers also planned to investigate harsh sanctions for players who signed IPL contracts but did not fulfill them.

The inaugural edition of the IPL was held in 2008, but this year's edition was shifted from India to South Africa to avoid a clash with India's national elections. The 2010 tournament is scheduled to start in March.

The IPL has been a marketing hit for cricket, with the leading players from around the world signing rich contracts to play for high stakes in the shortest form of the international game.

Because it is essentially a domestic league run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the competition has not been required to be supervised by the ICC's security unit.


  • D - 2009-11-16 14:39

    Gujarat to get one of the new teams!

  • Banana - 2009-11-16 14:59

    I was bored with the number od sixes SA hit against England yesterday..Unless organisers constasntly come up with new gimmicks like pink balls and live DJ's the 20/20 format is going to have a very short shelf life. Its laready taken away the excitiement of seeing a big six... Take me out to the ball game...get your hotdogs here...bollocks!

  • Allan - 2009-11-16 15:45

    I'm bored of 20 over cricket, let's go to 2 overs and it'll all be over in two overs. 20/20 will collapse like all Indian gimmicks should

  • Derek - 2009-11-16 16:12

    Agree totally with Banana & Allan 20/20 is boring and taking the skills out of the game

  • Buddy - 2009-11-16 17:20

    Balls to this idea and 20/20 cricket...why is it that fields are made smaller, rules favour the batter, and pitches are gainst the bowler. A tight low scoring game is equally exciting as a high scoring game. Bring back the contest, not bish bash bosh...

  • Cricket Overload - 2009-11-16 17:25

    I really liek the idea of 2 over cricket ... maybe it can be flighted in place of television advertisements :-)

  • Shikar - 2009-11-16 17:42

    @ ALLAN: "Twenty20 is a form of cricket, originally introduced in the United Kingdom for professional inter-county competition by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in 2003." - Wikipedia. Please get your facts right and stop blaming "Indians" for these "gimmicks". The truth is that Indians learn what the English create and beat them at their own game! Oh, & what other "gimmicks" are you reffering to?

  • Blikperd - 2009-11-17 10:56

    20/20 still in it's weening phase. As the game progress bowlers will find a way to reduce runs, partnerships will play a bigger role, it won't be all big hits and there will actually be a strategy. Very exciting and nice to go to the game for 3 hours instead of 8.

  • Semloh - 2009-11-17 11:37

    "any ball delivered above waist height will be declared a no-ball" - surely they mean full tosses above waist height??? or do the mean all deliveries which means any decent fast bowler working up a bounce around the stomach area will get no balled???? surely not......

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