MUMBAI: How about some new rules in cricket – each team has only six batsmen; powerplays can be unlocked by hitting a mandatory number of sixes, like you’re playing a video game; no change in bowling ends until five overs and a lot more!
T20 is about to shrink a bit yet again. Say hello to The 6IXTY – a brand new T10 tournament that’s going to be a joint venture between the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Cricket West Indies (CWI) – all packed inside just five days.
They’re labelling it cricket’s power game and the inaugural will be played from 24 August to 28 August.
CPL and CWI have come together to start the first edition of The 6IXITY for men and women and intend to rake in brand new innovations that, they believe, will make the game even more action-packed and pacier.
For this, the league has come up with brand new rules under which the matches will be played. Here are some.
* Each batting team has six wickets – at the fall of the sixth wicket they are all out
* Each batting team has two PowerPlay overs. They can unlock a third PowerPlay by hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls. This extra PowerPlay over can be taken at any time between overs 3-9.
* There will be 30 balls bowled from one end before the action switches to the other end for the final 30 balls.
* The 30 balls will be delivered as 5 separate overs, with no bowler being able to bowl more than 2 overs for the innings.
* Teams have 45 minutes to bowl their overs. If they are too slow a member of their team is removed from the field for the final six balls.
* Fans will vote for the timing of a “Mystery Free Hit” where a batter can’t be dismissed by the bowler.
* The first edition of THE 6IXTY will take place from 24 to 28 August in St Kitts & Nevis at one of world cricket’s fastest scoring grounds – Warner Park. Future expansion plans of the 6IXTY include the potential of multiple events at different locations around the Caribbean and beyond.
CWI president Ricky Skeritt says, “6IXTY has come about because of a close collaboration with CPL, which is the way forward. I am really excited about the innovation, excitement and entertainment that it is going to bring to the fans.”
Pete Russell, the CPL CEO, spoke with TOI and called the “innovation” a hugely exciting step for the game going forward.
“There will be world-class men’s and women’s cricketers taking part in a fantastic event for the Caribbean and this combined with cutting-edge innovations, signals a great moment for all fans of West Indian cricket,” Russell added.
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