Cricket Australia introduced three new line innovations on Monday (Power Surge, X-Factor Player and Bash Boost) that will be rolled out in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). In the coming edition of the BBL, the batting side will have more control over the innings with the addition of the Power Surge. The power play is shortened to four overs, set at the start of the innings. An extra two more than “Power Surge” can be taken by the batting team at any time from the 11th.
The teams also have the option to switch strategies at the 10-over mark of the first innings and switch to an X-Factor player. This player, named as the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet, can replace any player who has not yet to hit or bowl more than one.
The endeavor and venture are rewarded in the second innings with the introduction of the Bash Boost. Four league points are up for grabs per game – three points for the overall win and one Bash Boost point, which is awarded midway through the second innings.
The chasing team receives the bash boost if they exceed their opponent’s 10-over score. If they are behind, the fielding side gets the point.
The introduction of these new innovations is yet another reason why the KFC BBL | 10 season has been set up as the most exciting in League history. The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost prioritize scoring, thrilling cricket , introduce new strategic angles and ensure there is always something to play for throughout the match, ”said Alistair Dobson, Head of Big Bash Leagues at Cricket Australia, in an official release.
“We are confident our fans will love what these innovations bring to the game as many of the world‘s best T20 players, plus our next generation of Australian stars, bring them to life on the pitch,” he added .
The evolution of the KFC BBL playing conditions follows a string of acquisitions of star players across the league and the introduction of a third foreign player into a club’s XI.
The world‘s top hitter, bowler and all-rounder in the ICC T20I rankings have signed for KFC BBL clubs in Dawid Malan, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. In addition, 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.
A full schedule has been released for the upcoming season, with locations for the 21 games to be played in December. The season kicks off in Tasmania and ACT with the first game on December 10, with games moving to Queensland and South Australia later in the month.
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