BBL 10: Cricket Australia implements three new rules for upcoming 10th edition of Big Bash League

BBL 10: Cricket Australia implements three new rules for the upcoming 10th edition of Big Bash League. 'Power Surge', 'X-factor Player' and 'Bash Boost' are the three new rules that have been introduced by Cricket Australia for the 10th edition of the BBL which starts December 10.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Nov 16, 2020 13:51 IST
BBL 10: Cricket Australia implements three new rules for upcoming 10th edition of Big Bash League
Big Bash League 10 - Three new rules introduced by CA

Big Bash League (BBL 10): Ahead of the 10th edition of Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), Cricket Australia has implemented three new rules. These are - 'Power Surge', 'X-factor Player' and 'Bash Boost'. All the three new rules that have been introduced by Cricket Australia for the tenth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) which starts December 10. The rules have been designed to "encourage and reward positive, high-scoring cricket".

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia's (CA) Head of Big Bash League, said: "The introduction of these new innovations is yet another reason why the KFC BBL10 seasons is set up to be the most exciting in the League's history.

The raft of changes are designed to "blow up" what he considers the regular patterns of a T20 contest, league's consultant Trent Woodhill said. All three rules are designed to maximise interest throughout the whole 40 overs. 

The high-action thriller league i.e. BBL is set to start on December 10, 2020.

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Trent Woodhill, the Big Bash League's player acquisition and cricket consultant, observed: "The best T20 leagues across the globe are the ones that continue to innovate, push the boundaries and challenge the status quo. The introduction of these new playing conditions firmly puts the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) in that category.

"The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost prioritise scoring, exciting cricket, introduce new strategic angles and ensure there's always something to play for throughout the entire match."

"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.

"There's now more emphasis on the role of the coach, more for our fans to look forward to and more for our broadcasters to speak to during each KFC BBL game. Despite the challenges of this winter, we've got more star overseas players coming to the KFC BBL than ever before and now an ambitious set of innovations to shake up the league. I can't wait to see our players and coaches embrace these new concepts," he added.

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To know more about these rules, scroll down below

1) Power Surge

The traditional six-over Powerplay will be scrapped, replaced by a mandatory four-over block at the start of the innings with the remaining two overs able to be taken by the batting team at any point from the 11th over of the innings onwards

2) X-Factor

The 'X-Factor player', named as either the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet, can come into the game at the 10th over of the first innings and replace any player who is yet to bat or bowled no more than one over.

3) Bash Boost

There will now be four points available for winning a match - instead of the previous two - with three points available for the outright victory and the extra point being given to the team who is ahead on the comparison at the 10-over mark of the chase. If the team scores are level at 10 overs, that point is split - 0.5 to each time.