What is Powerplay...?
...Limited Overs Cricket ODIs One Day Internationals:
Purpose for introducing powerplay:
In limited overs cricket matches Powerplay is a set of positions of fielding players on the ground with respect to the 30yard circle, as to how many players should be fielded within the 30yard circle and how many will be placed outside the same. Such fielding arrangements are enforced in the limited-over cricket matches to maintain high speed athletic activities like making more runs by the batsmen and fast movement of the fielders.
As the name ‘powerplay’ suggests the ODIs are now turned into high-speed games letting the batsmen score huge run accounts and the fielders display electrifying fielding movements. Eventually, the powerplay has made the ODIs more interesting and exciting for the spectators on the venue and for the TV viewers across the globe.
The bowling team is subjected to fielding restrictions with nine fielders, including two fielders in catching positions, inside the fielding circle for a set number of overs.
The ICC announced implementation of ‘Power Play’ on 1 October 2007 that the captain of the fielding side may elect to position 3 fielders outside the 30 yard circle in one of the two 5-over Powerplays. The other powerplay is chosen by the batting team’s captain. Currently both 2nd and 3rd powerplay will have 3 fielders outside 30 yard circle.
Under the Powerplay rules, fielding restrictions are applied for the first 10 overs, plus two blocks of 5-overs each (called Powerplay Fives). With effect from October 2008 the batting side has been given the option to decide as to when one of the two remaining blocks should be applied on the field.
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- Harish Jharia