New Rule: One Over eliminator - A rule used as a tiebreaker in Twenty20 matches. Also known as the Super Over, replaced the bowl-out as the official tool in a situation of a tie. Both the teams get to play one over each after the match, and the team that wins that contest is the winner: in a way it's a One1 to resolve a Twenty20 tie.
How does it work: Both sides have to nominate three batsmen and one bowler each for the eliminator. The team that batted second in the actual match bats first. A team can be bowled out in the traditional sense, if it loses two wickets. The bowler and batsmen, once nominated, cannot be changed. All the fielders take a part in the contest. The eliminator is played with the same fielding restrictions as those in place for the last over of a normal Twenty20.
Tied at the end of the eliminator - In case of a second tie, the total number of sixes hit - in the main match and in the eliminator - becomes the tiebreaker. If the teams are still tied, the team that has hit the most boundaries - fours and sixes - in the eliminator is declared the winner.
Teams swap players: IPL in its second season witnessed a cost-effective method of players swapping among the franchises. While Delhi Daredevils got Ashish Nehra for releasing Shikhar Dhawan to Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Indians got Zaheer Khan for releasing Robin Uthappa for Bangalore Royal Challengers for no additional cost.
No mid-term replacements: No franchises can opt for mid-term replacements this time. If a player pulls out or the franchise truncates his contract, the slot becomes empty that can be filled only the next year.
New catchment area: In the inaugural edition, each team played in their respective cities, like Delhi Daredevils hosted matches in Delhi. But from this year onwards, IPL has allowed the franchises to expand their catchment area. For example: Kolkata Knight Riders will host some matches at Cuttack while the Rajasthan Royals would have a few games in Ahmedabad.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
Anti-doping code of conduct: IPL will follow BCCI's anti-doping Code of Conduct which would be out in a week and test players' samples at the WADA-accredited National Drug Testing Laboratory in New Delhi.
Anti-racism Code of Conduct: There will be a stringent anti-racism Code of Conduct.
Who's in, who's out...
* With a total of $13.59 million in their pocket, eight Indian Premier League franchisees buy 17 players from a pool of 50 at the second edition of the players' auction.
* England cricketers are the new entrants this time with stars like Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff sold for the highest price.
* Pakistani has barred its players from playing in IPL Season 2.
* Australia's David Warner joins Delhi Daredevils
* Michael Clarke pulls out of the IPL.
* Rs 600 crore is the advertising money so far.
* Rs 9.6 crore is the upper limit for spending on the teams for 2009.
Biz, glam & cricket: A heady mix
* Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty have invested Rs 75 crore for a 12 per cent stake in the Rajasthan team.
* Akshay Kumar will not be the mascot for Delhi Daredevils this year.
* Katrina Kaif resumes the role of mascot for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
* Riya Sen is the brand ambassador for the IPL website.
* Rajasthan s team will launch a clothing line and a documentary film on the team.
* Shilpa Shetty will launch a talent hunt for cheerleaders for her team, Rajasthan Royals.
* Knights and Angels is a talent show on television where Sourav Ganguly hunts for cheerleaders.
* Chennai Super Kings Cheerleaders is also a talent hunt show slated to start soon.
* Preity Zinta s Mohali team is also launching a talent hunt and a cricket academy in Mohali.
Topics : Cricket