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Explained: Why green tree symbol have replaced dot balls on IPL 2023 scorecards

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Viewers who tuned in for the IPL 2023 Qualifier 1, between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings were surprised to see a “tree” emoji being shown in place of the normal dots whenever a dot ball was bowled during the clash.

As GT and CSK were involved in a high-pressure game at the Chepauk on Tuesday, and audiences noticed the change for the first time in the edition, which led to curiosity all around. It was later confirmed that IPL broadcasters will show a dot ball with a symbol of a tree instead during the four playoff games this season.

Harsha Bhogle, on commentary, cleared the air about the change and revealed that the step was a part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s green initiative.


Under the program, the BCCI will be partnering with the Tata Group and will be planting as many as 500 trees for every dot ball bowled during the four playoff games. Hence, symbols of trees were displayed whenever the overs progression chart is brought up on the screens.

Qualifier 1 saw 84 dot balls being bowled. Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, tweeted about the initiative after the match. “We are proud to partner @TataCompanies in planting 500 saplings for each dot ball in the @IPL playoffs. Qualifier 1 #GTvsCSK got 42,000 saplings, thanks to 84 dot balls,” he wrote.

Ahead of Qualifier 2, Jay Shah gave an update on the number of tree samplings to be planted in the Eliminator match at Chennai.

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