BBL introduces Power Surge, X-factor and Bash Boost for upcoming edition

BBL introduces Power Surge, X-factor and Bash Boost for upcoming edition

Trent Woodhill, the BBL’s cricket consultant, has played a huge part in bringing the changes.

Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), starting Thursday, December 10, is set to witness a number of new innovations coming to the fore. The tournament will involve the Power Surge, X-factor and Bash Boost, adding a new flavour to the action in the middle. The power surge features changes in the powerplay rule. The mandatory six-over powerplay won’t be there.

Rather, there will be a four-over powerplay at the start of the innings with the other two overs being available to the batting team from the 11th over onwards. The X-factor is a Super Sub, but with minor changes. At the 10-over mark, each team would be allowed to make one change from their starting eleven with the 12th or 13th member from the team scoresheet.

However, the player to be replaced can’t have batted or bowled more than one over in the innings. The replacement can happen only at the 10-over mark or so. The Bash Boost consists of allocating points. There will be a maximum of four points for a victory- three of which comes from an outright win. The extra point will be given to the team, who’s ahead on comparison during the 10th over of a run-chase.

In the case of equal scores, 0.5 points will be given to each team. Trent Woodhill, the BBL’s cricket consultant, has played a huge part in bringing the changes.

Woodhill comments on the changes in the BBL

“What it will do is force coaches to start looking at what they’re going to do, I reckon that’s powerful. That’s what’s great about AFL, NRL, basketball, the NFL, baseball. I can’t wait for the day where a coach subs a player after one over – players and coaches will hate it at times, but now there’s no hiding place,” Woodhill told to ESPNcricinfo.

“I want to be able to talk to you about the game itself, rather than what happened beforehand and then what are you going to do next game. This will now show up coaches and captains and that’s what you want to do.

“I love strategy, competitiveness, the contest between bat and ball. I hate lulls in games, I tend to get bored really easily if there’s lull. You realise you can make adjustments to rules which make fans less aware of outcome, make players and coaches unsure of a result,” he added.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be played between Hobart Hurricanes and defending champions Sydney Sixers.