Mumbai: The most controversial decisions of the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the introduction of "strategic time-outs".
The mandatory seven-and-a-half-minutes breaks after 10 overs of each innings came under severe criticism by the fans and players alike.
As a result, IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi tweeted recently that the rule has been modified for IPL-3, with the time-out reduced to five minutes per innings.
And on Friday, while unveiling a couple of new sponsorship deals, Modi spelt out the details of the revised time-outs.
Similar to power plays in one-dayers, the bowling and batting sides have a choice of selecting two-and-a-half minutes during every innings in each of the 60 matches.
“Now we have changed it to a total of five minutes split into two-and-a-half minutes for each time," Modi said during a media conference on Thursday.
“The bowling team can take it from overs six to eight while we have noticed that the batting team always need to discuss with their teammates at the end stages, so they can opt for the time-out between overs 11-16."