Former Aussie captain Michael Clarke is the latest great to hit out at the Big Bash Rule changes as a ‘load of junk’.
BBL officials have announced the “Power Surge”, “X-Factor” and “Bash Boost” rules will come into affect for the 10th instalment of the T20 competition, starting December 10.
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After recently retired great Shane Watson slammed the rule changes as a “gimmick”, Clarke has also hit out at the string of new rules introduced.
“What a load of junk...garbage,” Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast.
“It’s not broken. You actually need to go backwards when it (the BBL) was the most successful competition on the planet, like the IPL continues to be.
“Seven-week tournament, six-week tournament, the IPL, where they pay multi, multi-millions of dollars.
“The BBL, they’re not going to pay the money. Shorten the tournament, get all the overseas players, get as many Australian players playing as possible.”
Clarke suggested condensing the tournament, so it doesn’t impact Test cricket, and maximising the international talent.
“Four-week tournament, over school holidays, doesn’t conflict with Test cricket, played in and around the Test cricket summer, have as many Australian players playing, as many international players playing, end of story.
“Why are we trying to get so funky? It is not broken.”
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The Power Surge sees the six-over power play split, with the initial power play now four overs and the batting team to nominate the last two power play overs from the 11th over.
The Bash Boost involves the competition’s points system being altered.
In the second innings, a bonus point is on offer to the chasing team if they're ahead of their opponent’s 10-over score.
If the chasing team is behind, the opponent will get the point.
And the X-Factor allows a team to substitute one player out of the game mid-match for a nominated ‘X-Factor’ player.
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