Since the inception of the game, cricket has gone through plenty of changes. The game has evolved in all aspects; whether it is safety, the rules, the ground and even the format. It all started with the longest format whChrisich was followed by One Day Internationals and the T20Is. And now Cricket West Indies is going to launch a 60-ball format titled ‘The 6ixty’ which is going to begin from August 2022 with Chris Gayle as its brand ambassador.
Cricket West Indies going to introduce 60-ball format The 6ixty
T20 cricket has become an important source of entertainment for the fans who wait curiously to witness the shortest format. In a bid to entertain the fans, many T20 leagues have been invented in different countries. However, cricket is going to witness another evolution as Cricket West Indies are all set to introduce an even shorter format which will only have 60 balls per inning.
Cricket West Indies will become the first full-member board to have its own T10 league. The T10 league is going to be one-of-its kind as the board has introduced some really exciting rules for the tournament. While T10 is not a new concept, the rules that are going to be enforced in the inaugural edition of ‘The 6ixty’ makes it much more interesting.
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The league is going to be different in many terms as far as batting and bowling is concerned with Cricket West Indies introducing new rules. Each team will only have 6 wickets instead of ten and the bowling team will be able to bowl 5 consecutive overs from the same end. If any team exceeds the time-limit of 45 minutes to complete their 10 overs, a fielder will be removed for the last over of the inning. The audience will have a part to play as well as they will be able to vote for a ‘mystery free hit’.
“You’re going to get some people saying ‘this isn’t cricket’ but my view is that cricket is the most important element of it. It’s just about trying to generate excitement and interest. This is about a new audience. We’re very much going after the younger generation. We plan to do four a year, that’s the starting point. Potentially, you’d like to have three in the Caribbean and one elsewhere,” said Pete Russell (CPL CEO).