Published:17 November 2020
The inclusion of so-called X-factor substitute players are among the 3 rule changes for the Big Bash League 2020/21.
After the 10th over of the match, teams will be permitted to use one X-factor player to replace a batter or for the fielding side, a bowler who has bowled not more than 1 over. Substitute players can field but are not permitted to bowl or bat under traditional cricket rules.
The other two modifications allow for a power surge, a two-over power play at any stage of the 2nd half of an innings for the batting side, when only 2 players are allowed in fielding positions outside the inner ring.
The power play to begin each innings will be lowered from 6 to 4 overs to accommodate the power surge.
The other rule change includes a bonus competition point, called a “bash boost” which is awarded to the side with the best 10-over score halfway through the 2nd innings.
The modifications prioritise scoring, entertaining cricket, incorporate new strategic angles and ensure there's always something to play for in the entire game, Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia's head of Big Bash Leagues mentioned in a statement that they're confident the fans will love what they bring to the match with these innovations.
The BBL 2020/21 is scheduled to start on 10th Dec 2020.
The BBL's player acquisition and cricket consultant, Trent Woodhill, said the world's best T20 leagues are the ones that push the boundaries, innovate and challenge the status quo.
He pointed out that during each BBL match, there is now more focus on the role of the coach, more for the fans to look forward to and more for the broadcasters to talk to.