Tactical time-out in IPL can be reduced, says Modi

May 6th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Cape Town, May 6 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi said the duration of the controversial tactical time-out can be reduced during the semi-final and the final of the second edition of the Twenty20 league.
The tactical time-out of seven and a half minutes is introduced after the first ten overs of an IPL match. Modi said during the semi-final and the final the tactical time-out can be divided into two breaks of two and a half minutes each.

“It’s not frozen yet but we are looking at two aspects. There will be two two-and-a-half-minute breaks per innings, so the break in all during an innings will be of five minutes,” Modi told a television channel.

“The first two-and-a-half-minute break will be just after the powerplay and the second to be taken by the fielding side at any time.

The innovation has come in for severe criticism from captains, who complained that it was breaking the momentum of the match.

“There is a strategy break in every sport. But seven and a half minutes may be is a bit longer, so we are seeing how we can reduce it down to five minutes,” Modi said.

–Indo-Asian news Service

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