Cricket Australia has made a radical change to the Supe over rule. In case of a tied super over in the final of Big Bash League, the two teams will continue to play super overs unless a clear winner is decided. The rule seems to have been altered in wake of the controversy that happened in the final of World Cup 2019.
At the 10-team event, the final between England and New Zealand ended in a tie. For the first time in the history of ODI cricket, a super over was organised to declare the winner. Incidentally, both the teams finished on a score of 15 in the super over as well.
As per the rules, England were adjudged as the World Cup champions on boundary count rule that did not amuse many but since the rules were clear, England were crowned champions. Jofra Archer had bowled the super over for England.
The rule might be up for discussion soon but Cricket Australia had already made it clear that the super overs will continue to be played should the final of the tournament be tied.
Earlier in the final of World Cup, an overthrow had also drawn limelight. A throw from Martin Guptill deflected off Ben Stokes’ bat and ran towards the boundary. England were awarded six runs instead of five. This rule will also be up for discussion soon.
The upcoming season of Big Bash League will kick off on December 17 with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder in Brisbane. The final of the tournament will be played on February 8 next year.
Prior to the season, there have been number of changes in the squads. Nathan Coulter-Nile has left Perth Scorchers and signed a long-term deal with Melbourne Stars. Shaun Marsh has also left Perth to join Melbourne Renegades.