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‘Ridiculous’ – Fans left unimpressed by new Big Bash League rules

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The Big Bash League (BBL) introduced three new rules – The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost – to come into effect from the upcoming season of the T20 league, but fans weren’t too impressed with the innovations.

The Power Surge basically divides the Powerplay into two parts – a compulsory four-over powerplay at the start of the innings, with the batting side having the option to use the remaining two overs at any point after the 11th over. The ‘X-Factor’ rule is the reinstated super sub rule that allows both teams to make a substitution at 10-over point of the first innings of the match.

Bash Boost rewards teams for their adventurous approach. If the team chasing crosses the score their opponents had in the first innings at the 10-over mark, they will receive a bonus point, even if they go on to lose the match. Should they fail to equal or exceed the first-inning score at the 10-over mark, the bowling team will receive a bonus point.

The rules are certainly creative, but they have not been met with universal approval from fans, a lot whom pointed out each rule’s shortcomings and how teams could use it to their advantage while compromising on the quality of the event.

The idea that the winner takes all, some said, was sacrosanct in sport.

Others said it’s best to keep things simple.

As always, a few fans had their own fun.

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