The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) convened its 19th Apex Council meeting in Mumbai on July 7, 2023.
One of the major decisions taken by the BCCI during the meeting pertained to formulating a policy for players, including retired players, about their involvement in overseas T20 leagues. The move aimed to strike a balance between allowing players to explore opportunities in various leagues worldwide while ensuring their commitment to domestic and national cricket.
To promote sportsmanship and international engagement, the BCCI resolved to send both men’s and women’s cricket teams to the Asian Games, scheduled to take place in September 2023 in Hangzhou, China. However, thoughtful consideration was given to the players’ schedule, particularly those participating in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, and accordingly, the players not involved in the World Cup would be selected for the Asian Games.
The concept of the “Impact Player” in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which garnered attention and appreciation in the previous season, will continue in the upcoming season. This time, there will be two key variations. Firstly, teams will be required to pick their playing XI and four substitute players before the toss. Secondly, teams can now use the Impact Player at any point during the match, enhancing tactical options for team captains and coaches.
To ensure fair competition between bat and ball, the BCCI has decided to introduce a new rule in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In the upcoming edition, bowlers will be allowed to deliver two bouncers per over.
Apart from on-field decisions, the BCCI is also committed to improving cricket infrastructure in the country. A two-phase plan has been put forth for the upgradation of stadiums. The first phase would involve enhancing the venues hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, with all renovations to be completed before the commencement of the tournament. And the second phase envisages the upgrading of the remaining venues.