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Do Impact Players and substitute rules apply for T20 Cricket World Cup? Explaining the differences between IPL and T20I tournament | Sporting News Australia

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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is all set to return for its ninth edition in 2024. The tournament will be held in the West Indies and USA, across nine different venues from June 1 to June 29. It is the first time the USA will play host to a major ICC global tournament.

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This T20 World Cup will be the biggest tournament yet, with a total of 20 teams participating. It is also a historic occasion as the USA will host a major ICC event for the first-ever time.

But before the tournament begins, the attention of several fans will remain on the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Here, TSN has you covered with the differences in rules between the two tournaments.

Do Impact Players and substitute rules apply for T20 Cricket World Cup?

The primary difference between these competitions is in their structure; the IPL is a franchise tournament where players from all over the world can be contracted to play for a season, whereas the T20 World Cup takes place between different nations, meaning only those registered with their respective national cricket boards can take part.

A second, significant difference in the rules is that of the Impact Player. This was introduced in the IPL in 2023 and allowed teams to substitute one player with another from a list of pre-approved substitutes at any point in the match. It was also introduced to India’s domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, for the 2023-24 season.

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However, this rule is not in play in any form of international cricket yet, and therefore will not be a part of the T20 World Cup. Many have speculated that this rule has led to freer batting and larger totals in this year’s IPL, but we will not see its impact this summer.

Another slight difference between the IPL and the T20 World Cup is that in the former, players are allowed to make use of the Decision Review System (DRS) to challenge calls for wides and no-balls, but this is not the case in international cricket, where only dismissals can be reviewed.

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