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IPL Rules 2021

January 26, 2021, 9:41
IPL Rules 2021

IPL Auction Rules

There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the timing of the IPL Auction 2021, with reports indicating it might be on the 11th, 16th, and recently the 18th of February, 2021. No date has been officially confirmed by the BCCI. What we do know for sure is that it will be a mini-auction as 2022 has been earmarked for the mega auction. The following are the new rules that undergird the process of the 2021 auction:

  1. Players without IPL contracts who wish to play in the league have to fill the player auction agreement to be submitted either online by 5 pm on the 4th of February or by mail on or before the 12th of February
  2. All right IPL teams are to submit a list of released and retained players before the 20th of January 2021
  3. Each of the eight franchises can now transfer and exchange both capped and uncapped players internally against older rules where only uncapped players could be traded.
  4. Each team can now choose to retain as many as three vital players and two other overseas recruits through a Right-To-Match(RTM) feature.
  5. Each team can also retain previous season’s players by using two RTMs exclusively
  6. In retaining overseas players, a team loses the right to use an RTM. If the team retains two of them, they can no longer use any of the two RTMs.
  7. The auction purse will now be increased for each IPL team to INR 3 crores.
  8. The inclusion of 2 new teams into the IPL to make 10 teams initially planned for 2021 will no longer be holding anymore. It will be implemented in 2022.

IPL Rules and Regulations

Here are the rules that the 2021 season will be run by:

  1. Since the planned 10-team IPL rule did not sail through, the competition will continue in a round-robin arrangement, each team competing with the others both home and away.
  2. Only four out of the eight competing teams qualify for the playoffs, and if two teams are tied on points, they will be judged based on their net run rates.
  3. Although there has been a significant push by IPL teams to be allowed to include 5 international players in the starting 11 squad, the 4-overseas player cap in the playing lineup still stands.
  4. Each IPL team is allowed to have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 25 players. Also, no team is allowed to have more than 8 overseas players in their roster season.
  5. Players for IPL teams are only allowed to use clothing and products approved by the BCCI.
  6. Players are to be paid in whatever currency they request in line with the prevailing exchange rate at that time. Players also have single-year contracts that can be extended to two years.
  7. Players are to play in all IPL matches and represent their franchise in a maximum of 6 friendly games.
  8. In a case where both teams are tied in a game with the same scores, IPL Super Over Rules are invoked. Here, the second batting team in the major innings of the game gets to bat first in the super over. These innings end when the team has lost two wickets, and the team with the most runs at the end of the Super overs win. The super over will continue till a team emerges with more runs than the other. Finally, a player having bowled or batted in one Super Over cannot participate in the next one.


These are the rules that guide team formation, conduct and management for the IPL 2021:

  1. Each franchise is to have a physiotherapist and a coach.
  2. Each team must include at least two under-22 BCCI players.
  3. These players are designated with the ‘icon status’: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.
  4. Players can be acquired through annual auction, signing uncapped players, buying domestic players and replacements and trading.
  5. All generated revenue in the IPL is pooled together and shared 45% to the franchises, 50% for the IPL and 5% for the prize money.
  6. Nothing less than 7 bowlers have to be present to finish the 20 overs in a game.
  7. The 20 overs are shared thus: three overs for each of the 6 bowlers and 2 overs for the last bowler.
  8. A match can only be declared complete when 40 overs have been bowled and batted upon.
  9. All of the extra players of the team currently batting can be called upon to bat, but only the playing 11 can be called upon to bowl and field until the 20th over.
  10. The team that is currently batting can go on until the last over even if they have reached their winning target

IPL Qualifier Rules

The Qualifiers stage is carried out with the following rules:

  1. In the playoffs, the team with the most points in the league competes with the runners-up for a spot in the playoffs’ finals. This is called Qualifier 1 game
  2. The third and fourth teams on the points table then participate in an elimination match.
  3. If two teams are tied for the fourth position on the same point, then they will be judged based on net runs. If they also share net runs, then they will be assessed based on the total number of wickets taken in the season and if they are once again found to be equals in that aspect, then eligibility for the qualification round will be based on drawing of lots.
  4. The loser from the first qualifier then plays the eliminator’s winner to determine who joins the winners from the first qualifier in the finals.
  5. The finals then determine who the next IPL Winner is.
  6. In all, there are two qualifier games and one elimination game.

IPL Rules 2021


IPL Fantasy Rules and Scoring

IPL fantasy is a virtual means to participate in and predict the outcomes of games in the IPL. It is an excellent way for fans to follow and enjoy IPL cricket. These rules also bind it:

1. The requirements for teams are

  • Range of 1-4 wicket-keepers;
  • Range of 3-batsmen;
  • Range of 1-4 all-rounders;
  • Range of 3-6 bowlers;
  • Maximum of 4 overseas players;
  • Maximum of 7 players from one IPL team.

2. Each player has unlimited allowance to change captain and vice-captain before a game.

3. Each player has unlimited transfers before the tournament starts and before the 1st qualifier. There is also an allowance of 120 transfers during the season.

Scoring System

  1. You get two points if your players are in the playing 11 of the team.
  2. You also get a multiplier of 1.5x for vice-captain and 2x for captain you have selected before the round begins.
  3. For batting, you get one point per run for a player

1 point for boundary bonus;

2 points per six scored;

8 points for a half-century;

16 points for a full century;

-2 points if your player is sent off for a duck;

In batting, -2,-4, and -6 if one of the players’ strike rate is below 50, 50-60 and 60-70 respectively.

  1. For bowling, you get 25 points for a wicket, 8 points for amassing 4 wickets in a row, 16 points for gathering 5 wickets in one match. For a maiden over, you get 8 points. You may also get various points ranging from -6 to +6 per player depending on each of their economy rates.
  2. For fielding, you get 4 points for catches leading to a run-out and 8 points for a catch without a run-out. You also get 8 points per throw leading to a run-out and 12 points for a direct run-out.
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