Evolution of Powerplay and the inception of Powerplay in ODI Cricket from 2005 to 2015-gameplantoday

The cricket game had become more exciting after the inception of Powerplay. The concept will be a bit overwhelming, so Gameplan Today decided to write a blog on Powerplay’s Evolution.

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What is Powerplay in Cricket?

When was Powerplay Incepted?

How will Powerplay Work?

Who paved the path for Powerplay?

What are Powerplay rules in an ODI match?

What are Batting & Bowling Powerplays?

What is Powerplay in Cricket?

Powerplay denotes a set of limited-overs in which special fielding rules will be implemented. It is applicable for ODI or T20. There will be no powerplay rules for a test match.

When was Powerplay Incepted?

The fielding restrictions have existed since World Cup 1996. In June 2005, the powerplay rule in ODI matches was 1st introduced. The 1st match was between Australia & England.  

How will Powerplay Work?

As mentioned prior, powerplay refers to a period of a particular set of overs in T20 or ODI. They are governed by the rule which dictates the fielder’s position.

Different rules can be applied to different cricket matches. The powerplay rules have changed many times over years.

Who paved the path for Powerplay?

In the early days, ODI was played with a white jersey and red ball. In the 1992 World Cup, it was the New Zealand team who initiated. Sri Lanka then followed the footsteps of New Zealand.

Let us first understand the simple basic rules.

What are Powerplay rules in an ODI Cricket match?

In 2005:

There were 3 sets of fielding restrictions in ODI matches. Mandatory powerplay was between 1 to 10 overs. Only 2 fielders can be stationed beyond the 30-yard circle.

The other 2 powerplays for 5 over each will be chosen by the bowling team. 3 fielders can remain outside the circle.

In non-powerplay overs, 5 fielders can be stationed outside the circle.

In 2008:

Other than the mandatory powerplay, one of the other 2 powerplays was made a batting powerplay by ICC. It was with an additional condition which was both batting & bowling should be taken up between the 11th & 40th over.

Rest all aspects with the fielding restrictions remained the same.

In 2011:

An additional condition by ICC was added. Neither bowling nor batting powerplays must be taken between 11 to 15 overs.

Only 2 fielders are allowed beyond the 30-yard circle.

In 2012:

ICC twisted the rules by getting rid altogether of bowling powerplay. Also, the numbers of fielder were reduced to 4 outside the circle.

In 2015:

The current powerplay rule was revised in 2015. The rules remain in place.

  • 3 total powerplays exist in the ODI match now
  • All those 3 powerplays are mandatory ones. Neither batting powerplay nor bowling powerplay exists
  • The 1st powerplay is off ten overs
  • The 2nd powerplay is off thirty overs
  • The 3rd powerplay is off ten overs
  • The minimum 2 fielders requirement in catching positions for 1st 10 overs is removed

Permitting an additional fielder outside the thirty-yard circle during the last 10 overs had helped the bowlers.

These amendments seem to restore the balance between both battings as well as the bowling team.

What are Batting & Bowling Powerplays?

Batting powerplay is a set of 5 overs picked by the batting team during the innings. This leads to field restrictions upon the bowling side.

Bowling powerplay is a set of 5 overs picked by the bowling team.

GamePlan Today hopes we have added flavor to the powerplay evolution.