Kevin Pietersen is known for speaking his heart out on social media, and the former cricketer has offered a radical suggestion to change the rules of T20 cricket. Kevin Pietersen wants to see batsmen awarded 12 runs for hitting huge maximums, instead of the usual six.
Kevin Pietersen came up with the unconventional take on Tuesday, posting his suggestion on Twitter. The 40-year-old tweeted he wants to see a change to the rules in T20 cricket and appealed to the ICC in the process.
Kevin Pietersen feels batsmen should get 12 runs for six longer than 100 meters, as a reward for smashing a huge maximum. While he wants to see the radical rule implemented across T20 cricket, he suggested the England Cricket Board could try it out in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.
I want an addition to the rules in T20 cricket!
Or, @englandcricket can do it in the 100.
If a player hits a 6 that goes over 100m, I want a 12 awarded! @ICC
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 27, 2021
The Hundred has already attracted attention for introducing several innovations ahead of the competition in July. From 100-ball innings to wickets being called ‘outs’, the ECB is looking at multiple ways to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for casual viewers.
Many other T20 leagues across the world have already rolled out numerous innovations to make the game more exciting. The latest edition of the Big Bash League in Australia saw them introduce three major rule changes.
In a first for a major T20 competition, the Big Bash League introduced three major rule changes this year-the Power Surge (the usual six-over powerplay split into four overs at the start of an innings and a floating block of two for the batting team to call in the second half of the innings), the Bash Boost (a bonus point for the team with the higher ten-over score) and X-factor replacements (the option to bring in a substitute player after ten overs of the match).
Heather Knight and Eoin Morgan, England’s World Cup-winning captains in 2017 and 2019 respectively, have been retained by London Spirit ahead of the Hundred’s postponed launch and will captain their respective sides.
Kevin Pietersen’s Unconventional Suggestion Responded By Fans
Many fans responded to Kevin Pietersen’s tweet and offered their two cents on how they feel about the suggestion. Some trolled Kevin Pietersen, cheekily claiming cricket should introduce other rules like giving bowlers two wickets if they manage to uproot the stumps. Others critically evaluated the proposal, pointing out how it could hand an undue advantage to power hitters in the game.
It will be interesting to see if the idea ever sees the light of the day. Many commentators have joked in the past about how monster sixes are worth more than six runs, but it would be fascinating to see the response if the radical rule gets implemented in the future.
Chris Gayle became the first batsman in the history of T20 cricket to hit 1000 sixes. Nobody even is close to Chris Gayle’s tally of 1014 T20 sixes. Kieron Pollard is at a distant second with 717 sixes followed by Brendon McCullum’s 485 and Andre Russell’s 469. In T20Is, Martin Guptill is the maximum 6 hitter followed by Rohit Sharma, Eoin Morgan, Colin Munro, Chris Gayle, and Aaron Finch all of whom have hit more than 100 sixes.
Kieron Pollard became only the 2nd player in T20Is recently to hit 6 sixes in an over after Yuvraj Singh in the shortest format. Kieron Pollard became only the 3rd batsman after Yuvraj Singh (2007) and Herschelle Gibbs (2007) to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Thursday became only the 3rd batsman after South African Herschelle Gibbs (ODI, 2007 World Cup against the Netherlands Dann Van Bunge) and Indian Yuvraj Singh (England’s Stuart Broad, 2007 T20 World Cup) to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket.