Cricket Australia on Monday introduced new three rule innovations (Power Surge, X-Factor Player, and Bash Boost) all of which will be implemented in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Power Surge is an additional two overs power play which can be taken by batting team, while X-Factor Player means a substitute for a player who hasn’t bowled or batted yet. One Bash Boost point will be awarded for the team ahead halfway while three Bash Boost point will be awarded for an overall win.
Cricket Australia Implements Power Surge, X-Factor Player And Bash Boost In Big Bash League
In the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League, the batting side will be given more control over their innings with the addition of the Power Surge. The power play has been shortened to four overs instead of six, fixed to the start of the innings. An additional two over “Power Surge” can be taken by the batting team if they chose so any time from the 11th over onwards.
The teams will also have the ability to change their strategy at the 10-over mark of the first innings and substitute in an X-Factor player. This player, named as either the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet, can replace any player who is yet to bat or bowl no more than one over.
The credit for a win or being ahead in the halfway mark will be rewarded in the second innings with the introduction of the Bash Boost by Cricket Australia. Four competition points will be up for grabs per match – three points for the overall win and one Bash Boost point, awarded halfway through the second innings.
The team chasing will receive the Bash Boost if they’re above the equivalent 10-over score of their opposition. If they’re trailing, the fielding side will receive the point.
Cricket Australia’s Head Of Big Bash League Confident Innovations Will Make The League More Exciting And Draw More Players
The evolution of the KFC BBL Playing Conditions follows several star players signings across the league and the introduction of a third overseas player in a club’s playing XI.
The world’s top-ranked batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders on the ICC T20I rankings have signed for KFC BBL clubs like Dawid Malan, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. Besides, the likes of Mitchell Starc, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Morne Morkel, and Imran Tahir will also feature prominently in KFC BBL|10.
“The introduction of these new innovations is yet another reason why the KFC BBL|10 season is set up to be the most exciting in the League’s history. The Power Surge, X-Factor, and Bash Boost prioritize scoring, exciting cricket, introduce new strategic angles and ensure there’s always something to play for throughout the entire match,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said in an official release.
“We’re confident our fans will love what these innovations bring to the game as many of the world’s top T20 players, plus our next generation of Australian stars, bring them to life on the field,” he added.
A full schedule has been released for the upcoming season, with venues confirmed for the matches to be played in December. The season will begin in Hobart and Canberra with the first match on December 10, with matches moving to Adelaide and Brisbane later in the month. A total of 61 T20Is will be played with teams for 21 matches already confirmed by Cricket Australia.