Woah! How exciting this is!
Welcome to the new era of T-20 adrenaline rush
- Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost in the BBL.
The brave Bangladesh Cricket has confirmed that
the 10th edition will have all the 3 groundbreaking new rules and
the international cricket community is waiting to see how successful these are
going to be so they can consider adopting. With the next edition of the IPL
around the corner and the PPL already underway, one can totally understand what
the other leading Cricket administrators are thinking. The changes in the 10th
edition of the BBL will involve new Powerplay regulations, the ability to call
in a substitute player at a specific stage of the game and, whats more - a
point for the team that’s ahead of the opposition at the 10 over mark during
Let’s dissect these innovative changes.
This first of the 3 major changes brings
down curtains on the currently mandatory first 6 overs of powerplay and is
being replaced by a 4 + 2 split. The first 4 overs will be mandatory powerplay
and the next 2 overs can be taken at any time as the batting team wishes. This
is an interesting split because, for example, if the batting team loses quick
wickets early on, they can opt to take the 2 overs powerplay after they built
up a foundation. What does this mean to the bowling team then? Well they can’t
bowl their top bowlers to keep attacking upfront as they would want to conserve
their top bowlers for when the batting team chooses to use the 2 overs of
powerplay. Add to the mix the dynamics of pitch conditions, rain interruptions,
batting first and batting second, and much more. This is the most exciting of
all changes for sure. Just one caveat, the 2 over powerplay can be taken only
after 10 overs.
On the face of it, it might look like super
sub is back but it has a big twist. This is aptly called X-Factor because the
team administration can choose to bring in the 12th or the 13th
player in the team sheet at the 10 over mark. With this change, the teams now will
have to play attention to the full 13 players on the team sheet and plan ahead.
The one major callout is the player being replaced should not have yet batted
in the game or bowled more than 1 over in the innings at the time of being
replaced. What a move BBL.
Probably a minor change but this one is
sure to make points table a very dynamic one. Gone are the days when the points
tables are seldom referred to and only during the last leg of the matches. Now,
the losing team can still score a point if they are ahead of the opponent at
the 10 over mark. What this means is even if the team lost some early wickets
and are stuttering in their chase, they will try and win the 10-over par score
contest to win that 1 point. The team that wins will of course get three points
if they lost the 10-over par score comparison. A team getting all 4 points
would mean that they have thoroughly outplayed its opponent. If the team scores
are level at 10 overs, that point is split - 0.5 to each time.
Can’t wait to see how coaches, support
staff, the captains and the players all adapt to these massively interesting
changes that are promising to change the course of the T-20 games forever.
Well done BBL!