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Trial-by-combat to be allowed in IPL finals if batsmen disagree with 3rd umpire’s decision: BCCI

01, May 2015 By Pagla Ghoda

Mumbai. Board of Cricket control in India (BCCI) has announced a major change in the cricketing rules by legalizing trial-by-combat for the final match of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya circulated an internal circular to his direct reports in this regard which was then leaked into media.

Mr. Dalmiya later clarified his stance to media and said, “Our aim is not only to provide beautiful cricketing ambiance and sexy cheer-leaders but also non-stop entertainment to our viewers and cricket fans. That is the main motto of the IPL franchise. Hence we are bringing in tried-and-tested entertainment concepts from other forms of entertainment into IPL. Game of Thrones (GoT) in itself is a very entertaining saga of an ancient unknown civilization which has enthralled viewers across continents, just like IPL. Hence we are bringing trial-by-combat into IPL which we would be piloting in the IPL finals.”

New rule!
New rule!

When asked on why trial-by-combat was particularly chosen for inclusion into IPL finals, Dalmiya provided further details, “Cricket is a game of uncertainties and hence we were looking for something which is equally uncertain, so that overall uncertainty and suspense in the game goes up. Which engages the viewers even more. Trial-by-combat in itself is highly uncertain kind of event, in which even a player such as Sreesanth can beat Andrew Symonds, which otherwise is impossible. When Shukla ji, who is a big GoT fan and who watches it every night before bed, told us about trial-by-combat thingy we all laughed it awat. But when we asked all our major management consulting teams to do some test-analysis around it, they all gave a thumbs up to include it in the IPL.”

While Dalmiya declined to provide any further details on how exactly trial-by-combat would be included in an IPL match, citing it as a big secret to be revealed only in finals, twitter is already abuzz with rumors and hypothetical stories around this announcement. Some of the highly trending hashtags are: