Cricket fans have been left unimpressed after Australia’s Big Bash League introduced three new rules to come into effect at this year’s T20 competition.
Head of BBL, Alistair Dobson, says three new rules – The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost – will ‘prioritise high-scoring, exciting cricket, introduce new strategic angles and ensure there’s always something to play for throughout the entire match’.
But a number of fans have raised concerns over the new innovations which have been labelled ‘confusing’ and ‘unnecessary’.
The Power Surge will see the powerplay divided into two sections, with four compulsory overs at the start of each innings and two then taken by the batting team from the 11th over onwards.
The X-Factor rule allows both teams to make a substitution halfway through the first innings, while the Bash Boost sees an extra point awarded to the team ahead in the match at the halfway point of the second innings, regardless of the eventual outcome.
Cricket Australia consultant Trent Woodhill said of the new rules: ‘We need innovation because people like change, but I think these changes will actually improve the game itself.
‘I come from things from a high-performance perspective, rather than just a gimmick, so I like that these changes pass the high-performance test around strategy and elite performance.
‘It’s going to put pressure on leaders and coaches. Having been involved in over 300 T20 matches in the women’s and men’s games, T20s have a pattern, and this will blow that pattern up.
‘It’ll make players have to think on their feet a little bit, and it’s forcing you on gameday to have a narrative that both fans and broadcasters alike will have to delve into and ask questions of the decisions being made, or not made.’
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