Australian news May 26, 2011

Big Bash may feature 'super over'

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Runs would be doubled in a designated "super-over" and spectators allowed to take home balls hit into the crowd under proposed rules for Australia's new Big Bash League next summer.

Cricket fans have been asked to comment on a range of possible tweaks to the rules governing Twenty20, many of which are designed to boost scoring rates in the eight-team competition, which is expected to kick off in December.

Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's head of marketing and the BBL project owner, has made no secret of his desire to spice up the T20 tournament, which will feature city-based sides such as the Brisbane Heat, and two each in Melbourne and Sydney. One of the most unusual suggestions is for each team to be given one super-over, which would likely be nominated by the batting side before the start of the over.

Cricket Australia's survey states the idea, in which the runs from that over alone would be doubled, was intended "to provide both teams an opportunity to get back into the game". The cricket statistician Ric Finlay, who runs the Tastats website, said introducing such a rule would cause some distortion in the record-books, but it was likely the games could still be designated official Twenty20 matches.

"It is true to say that other interventions have distorted outcomes, including fielding restrictions and powerplays and penalties for no balls," Finlay told ESPNcricinfo, "but this innovation seems on the face of it to be departing more radically from what we know as traditional cricket than anything else that has gone on before. The factor that may allow these matches to be included in records of all T20 matches is the generally-accepted status of all T20 cricket to be a gimmicky form of the game where almost anything goes."

The advantages for the batsmen might not end there. "Based on increasing scoring and making the game more exciting", as the survey says, the 12th man could be allowed to enter the batting order as a kind of pinch hitter, in a similar setup to the super-sub rule that was used in one-day internationals several years ago.

There is also a proposal to allow only one fielder outside the circle in the first five overs of an innings, leaving bowlers little room for error. Two men could be used outside the circle from overs 6 to 10, three fielders from overs 11 to 15, and four men during the final five overs of an innings.

And if those ideas don't create enough of a challenge for bowlers, they may also need to get used to several changed balls throughout an innings. A baseball-style rule is being considered whereby fans would be able to keep a ball that clears the fence, meaning that with many sixes - and the Big Bash record is 14 in an innings - a new ball would be given to the bowler.

However, it's not all bad news for bowlers - allowing two bouncers per over is also a possibility, to allow bowlers a little extra room to attack. The Big Bash League is slowly taking shape, but several key steps remain to be resolved, including the recruitment of players to the eight sides and the part private ownership of two of the Melbourne and Sydney teams.

To take the survey and comment on the proposed rules, click here.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I understand everyone being upset about these changes CA are proposing but 20/20 cricket is a totally different game from the traditional test matches we love . I personally think anything to make 20/20 more exciting for the crowds is a great move , and once we have the new comers interested they will hopefully see REAL cricket and become fans of the real stuff

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Lets turn cricket into a complete joke. That was the idea behind all these changes. I have a rule for them as when i was a kid playing bat and ball(not cricket) every time the batsman hits the ball he must run at least 1 run. with all the fielders in the circle it would make for a lot of exciting run outs when the batsman get anything on the ground inside the circle Did someone say baseball?

  • Jim1207 on May 27, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Guys, cool. This is all a conspiracy by all cricket boards to make fans love Test Cricket more. Long live Test Matches!

  • Philvdk on May 27, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    While they are at it let's include one over of underarm bowling and the one bounce one handed catch rule. The more crap innovations the better. That way the game will disappear quicker. Then we can get back to reality again with proper cricket.

  • fazald on May 27, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Though the BBL concept doesn't appeal to me at all I for one would support my state or adopted country rather than any team put together virtually for entertainment to earn a fast buck.Teams should be represented by their state side with a sprinkling of overseas players.

  • Looch on May 27, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    A stupid, pointless idea for a stupid, pointless competition. I hope Sutherland and McKenna lose their jobs over this travesty.

  • cricsavvy on May 26, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    ICC,BCCI,CA - all are hell bent to destroy the beautiful game of cricket. One super idea for BBL - get the scantily dressed cheerleaders of the opposition team bowl so that more sixes are scored thereby pulling in more crowd. Night cricket, pink balls - what is happening with people governing cricket. Once this happens, I will stop watching cricket. I will collect all the videos of old classics and always live in the past watching them.

  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    I hope everybody has gone & used the online questionairre, otherwise their comments (as funny as some are, loved the MasterChef comment), will be worth nothing! -- -- -- I wish they had an online survey about Oz cricket in general! LOL!

  • Trivalve on May 26, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Let's just play baseball and be done with it

  • on May 26, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Remember sitting with your friends or even a stranger, reminiscing about a Test or an ODI ? Maybe about an individual performance or a partnership ? The way it's all going (pear shaped) it will be a thing of the past. T20's just don't have that kind of long lasting impact. Also, as a player of the sport, I couldn't imagine growing up with T20 as the main form of the game. Who on earth would want to be a bowler?

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I understand everyone being upset about these changes CA are proposing but 20/20 cricket is a totally different game from the traditional test matches we love . I personally think anything to make 20/20 more exciting for the crowds is a great move , and once we have the new comers interested they will hopefully see REAL cricket and become fans of the real stuff

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Lets turn cricket into a complete joke. That was the idea behind all these changes. I have a rule for them as when i was a kid playing bat and ball(not cricket) every time the batsman hits the ball he must run at least 1 run. with all the fielders in the circle it would make for a lot of exciting run outs when the batsman get anything on the ground inside the circle Did someone say baseball?

  • Jim1207 on May 27, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Guys, cool. This is all a conspiracy by all cricket boards to make fans love Test Cricket more. Long live Test Matches!

  • Philvdk on May 27, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    While they are at it let's include one over of underarm bowling and the one bounce one handed catch rule. The more crap innovations the better. That way the game will disappear quicker. Then we can get back to reality again with proper cricket.

  • fazald on May 27, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Though the BBL concept doesn't appeal to me at all I for one would support my state or adopted country rather than any team put together virtually for entertainment to earn a fast buck.Teams should be represented by their state side with a sprinkling of overseas players.

  • Looch on May 27, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    A stupid, pointless idea for a stupid, pointless competition. I hope Sutherland and McKenna lose their jobs over this travesty.

  • cricsavvy on May 26, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    ICC,BCCI,CA - all are hell bent to destroy the beautiful game of cricket. One super idea for BBL - get the scantily dressed cheerleaders of the opposition team bowl so that more sixes are scored thereby pulling in more crowd. Night cricket, pink balls - what is happening with people governing cricket. Once this happens, I will stop watching cricket. I will collect all the videos of old classics and always live in the past watching them.

  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    I hope everybody has gone & used the online questionairre, otherwise their comments (as funny as some are, loved the MasterChef comment), will be worth nothing! -- -- -- I wish they had an online survey about Oz cricket in general! LOL!

  • Trivalve on May 26, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Let's just play baseball and be done with it

  • on May 26, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Remember sitting with your friends or even a stranger, reminiscing about a Test or an ODI ? Maybe about an individual performance or a partnership ? The way it's all going (pear shaped) it will be a thing of the past. T20's just don't have that kind of long lasting impact. Also, as a player of the sport, I couldn't imagine growing up with T20 as the main form of the game. Who on earth would want to be a bowler?

  • on May 26, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    CA=Joke that isn't even funny.

  • Katarnak on May 26, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    As stupid as it sounds... the bowler should be given 2 wickets if he takes one in the super over... Why should the bowler have complete disadvantage with no benefit for performing well...

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 26, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    There is a simple fix from statistical perspective: The "doubled" runs be added as extras in the scoreboard - so the batsman or the bowler don't get unfairly advantaged/disadvantaged in the superover.

  • on May 26, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    The only consistent thing in life is "change" so people please accept the reality. This is new face of modern cricket. I think this is similar as Power Play so many people criticised at that time but now we are all so use to it.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on May 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    I wonder why they called it Packer's Circus. This is much worse than that, this T20 cricket is making the cricketers absolute zombies. I wish, despite being an Indian, it would have been lot better world had India not win that T20 World Cup...

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    More suggestions: Even if you get out, you are given 25 complementary runs. When you get out, you get to toss a coin to decide whether you are really out or not. If you get a wicket, you don't get to bat. If you catch the ball to get someone out, you don't get to bat. Man, seriously, even lunch-time cricket sounds more cricket-like than the BBL does.

  • nikhilpuri on May 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @shLsh - brilliantly put. Enough said.

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Well said @rainbat, T20 shud be made its own sport now becuase it is killing Test & One Day cricket and i have emphasised this from day 1!!! Especailly in the case of our Windies players, gayle bravo taylor and especailly pollard shudd not be allowed to play for windies anymore, we here in the caribbean talk alot about our islands' motto as being 'country above self' yet we dont show it. One time i heard 1 Indian fan say " T20 cricket should have been around since 20 yrs ago, imagine how much more rich players would have been by now", but could you imagine that honestly, can you?? What if Lara Tendulkar Ponting Waugh Richards Ambrose Gibbs Warne Murali Flemming Mcgrath or even Sobers or Bradman (to name a few) only play a couple of matches for they`er country an had gone looking riches of T20, what would cricket be today?!? where would it be today?!? All of those great moments from players around the world would have never existed! Ppl all i can say is that the end is trully near.

  • andrew.henshaw on May 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    I really really really hope Cricket Australia has some individuals that are seriously taking note of these comments. This idea is a farce and is closer to the 'Beach Cricket' series Channel Ten broadcast a few years ago. (Remember: 6-8 40+ year olds from Aus/West Indies/England). At least that didn't pretend to be real cricket.

  • sanath007 on May 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    too much messing around with the rules....

  • AnandSampath on May 26, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Stop all these non sense.. Dont spoil the sport...

  • vparisa on May 26, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    This is totally stupid!! I think to compensate i) Limit of 2 bouncers ii) In case of tie, it should be a bowl out rather than another super over

  • bobbo2 on May 26, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    This new competition will not last 3 seasons. Cricket Australia are really not reading what the fans in Australia want. Too much T20 everywhere - even the IPL is rubbish.

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    well super over is a good idea which makes even more intersting to watch. its just as simple as the bating and bowling powerplay in the 50-overs format

  • Copernicus on May 26, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Most of these proposals are utter rubbish, but I feel the super over could be an interesting strategic addition as long as wickets were made to count for double as well as runs. Increase the reward, increase the risk - it could seriously liven up a low run chase!

  • Blokker on May 26, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Give this a chance, guys. I think this could really work, but only if all the players wear pink top hats, Groucho Marx glasses and tu-tus.

  • Kookaburra_balls on May 26, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Hong Kong must be getting a bit nervous. With all the changes, T20 might get re-badged T6. That would be six overs and six players. There goes the Hong Kong super sixes series.

  • Suresh.Balajee on May 26, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Superb Rules... I think one more rule could be added to this. Every catch and bowled will be counted as No ball, and the next ball is Free hit. If the free hit ball doesn't go for boundary, then the free hit ball is considered as wide even if it batsman takes singles or doubles (who cares unless it makes the game more exciting)

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    boring rules.these rules is a major threat to survival of test cricket

  • shLsh on May 26, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Why not have all fielders sit in the crowd in first 19 overs? Or make bowlers run on one leg? Or have someone from the crowd bowl first 10 overs without running ? Stupid people who are not even qualified to run under 5 cricket are out to ruin this great sport!

  • fazald on May 26, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    No more gimmicks please. Whilst Australia's credibility as a leading cricket nation is already at stake someone in CA is making all these crazy proposals to make us a laughing stock of world cricket.Our future generation would all be playing beach cricket & the MCG & SCG will be turned into cemeteries to bury the one's who have already played test cricket for Australia. Sir Donald Bradman must be turning in his grave that all his records are going into oblivion as test cricket in this country will die a slow death.No doubt Cricket Australia is heading in the wrong direction.

  • krishn_4m_india on May 26, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    oh i miss test cricket now

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    "However, it's not all bad news for bowlers - allowing two bouncers per over is also a possibility, to allow bowlers a little extra room to attack."

    Well, I'm sure the spinners will appreciate that thought.

    <sarcasm mode: off>

  • chrisgus on May 26, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Wow, they really are stupid

  • Dashgar on May 26, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Terrible, simply terrible. I'm officially ready for T20 to die and never be spoken of again.

  • Rahul_78 on May 26, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    @Karn Mamgain well said dude....also they should allow only 5 fielders on the field during powerplay and allow each batsmen to bat twice in case he gets out.

  • rainbat on May 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    T20 should be regarded as a separate sport to one days and test matches, players don't care about country any more only T20... makes me hate cricket. Bring on a test champions league

  • on May 26, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    please don't ruin cricket with these kind of things..

  • Timmuh on May 26, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    The good news is the BBL won't last into a second season. The idea of franchises was to make money from India. With no Indian players participating TV revenue will be negligible and no Indian billionairres will buy into it. The states have been discarded, fans tossed aside, all on the promise of cash which won't eventuate. And now a set of gimmicks to take T20 even further away from being anything even slightly resembling cricket.

  • Knightriders_suck on May 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    CA is stealing our rules. We used the same concept in our company's T10 league. But we had an additional caveat, you give your wicket you loose 5 runs. How about that CA?

    Now this is true galli cricket.

  • katandthat3 on May 26, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Couldn't have put it any better Winsome. The only things it's missing now is having some clown chased across the oval by a bull in between overs and nominating some random from the crowd to bowl one over each innings to really mix it up and be 'off the wall'. Oh and the lack of international players bar 3 West Indians.

  • on May 26, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Australians are losing the plot on and off the field.

  • on May 26, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Fantastic suggestions. The sooner these are implemented, the sooner T20 cricket dies! Bring them on.

  • Horn.OK.Please on May 26, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Even backyard cricket has much more standardised rules across the country..

  • tomhedley on May 26, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    I'm beginning to hate "cricket"

  • on May 26, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Oh, I should add a few more proposals. 1)All over should be powerplays and only only one fielder outside the circle. 2)Only eight fielders are allowed to field. 3)The number of runs you get for a 'six' would be decided by the distance. So, distance divided by ten, and rounded off the nearest whole number. Eg. 112 meter 'six' would be 11 runs, while 116-meter one would be be a 12. 4) You get free-hit for a wide as well. 5)The fielders will have their hands and legs tied at all times (yes, even the wicket-keeper). 6) Only one stump shall be used. 7) Bowling machines shall be used, and it would controlled by the non-striker. I really wouldn't be surprised if CA puts these proposals into effect.

  • smudgeon on May 26, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Oh dear.

  • vatsap on May 26, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Long live Lalit Modi, the champion of cricketainment and the destroyer (too much credit probably) of the pure form of the game. You have lot of followers world wide.

  • VivGilchrist on May 26, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Why don't we get the the masterchef judges to umpire and evict one player every second over? Then the two last men standing have a face off with Eddie McGuire asking a series of questions in the hot seat with the winner getting a recording contract and a three cd deal with EMI. That would get the public interest. Tried and test commercial tripe that the general public lap up.

  • Valerio_DiBattista on May 26, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    I don't really know what to say. It all sounds very stupid to me. Cricket is really being torn apart by all this. The game is really on its knees, it has changed so much in the last 15 years it is almost unrecognisable. From a personal point of view I find this very sad. It will ruin the sport at the local level, and that is probably the saddest part of all.

  • ygkd on May 26, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Isn't it hard enough for bowlers without being the one to have to bowl the super over?

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Bloody ridiculous! why not just take out the bowlers altogether, use a bowling machine and pitch it in the same spot over and over again. T20 is already a joke and a "super over" would just make it even more so.

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    As New cricket laws doesn't treat a bowler as human ,why not introduce bowling machines in t20s and Bowlers can be used as male cheerleaders.

  • cybaba_2001 on May 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    A super over also should also include two batsmen out if 1 wicket falls. It should be fair to the fielding team as well.

  • 9ST9 on May 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    what can i say this just isn't cricket anymore. I really do envy football fans(association football) they don;t have to put up with this sort of gimmicks. Have you heard that if a goal is scored in the 39th minute it will count as two goals? and the clubs are named With dignity we don't have the Manchester Maulers or Hull City Hangmen or Birmingham BlingBlings do we?

  • ze_wolf on May 26, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    I checked the date and apparently this is not a joke. Most of these suggestions are ridiculous and seem to be made out of the mistaken assumption that 6's = entertainment.The game is so short that over 20 overs it should be possible to 'stay in the game' already without these ludicrous innovations, if you can't you deserve to lose. Seriously whats next? Make the bowler redundant and have the batsman belt the ball off a tee 300 times in an innings? It was said best in "Happy Gilmore": "You know what *else* could draw a crowd? A golfer with an arm growing out of his ass." - Shooter McGavin In line with this I now expect Cricket Australia to investigate the possibility of a 'super fielder' with an extra arm grafted on to their backside (1 permitted per team allowed in any over that is divisible by 3).

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I can see this and the SLPL making IPL look oudated like hell already, not that IPL ever was not boring, baring first season.

  • Winsome on May 26, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Isn't T20 spiced up enough as it is? This marketing guy at CA hates cricket that much is obvious.

  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Any proof required that this is a light & fluffy lolly pop version of cricket, well here it is. The best "invention" is keeping the ball IMO! If they did have a "power" over, it would have to be playable between the 5th & 15th over.

  • champion1469 on May 26, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous. let the players provide the entertainment. you cant keep changing the rules to get new fans into the game because your going to lose the real fans. shocking that this is even being considered. crowds are dwindling because of market saturation, not anything to do with the product. stop meaningless contests and crowds will turn up

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    seriously , super cool. A very innovative ideas. i m eagerly waiting for big bash this year. Attacking batsman , fearless bowlers, big grounds, huge ground, fancy rules .Big bash is going to be a challenge for IPLT20. Guess Indian IPL players may be recruited in Bigbash. Fingers crossed.

  • vswami on May 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Why not triple the runs in the super over. We could have the first century in a over.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    This wud mean if Chris Gayle has another 37 run over it would mean 74 runs come of the over instead.

  • sidzy on May 26, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    grt idea i think in terms of competiteness & entertainment it will be better than IPL. cann't wait to watch it.

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  • sidzy on May 26, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    grt idea i think in terms of competiteness & entertainment it will be better than IPL. cann't wait to watch it.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    This wud mean if Chris Gayle has another 37 run over it would mean 74 runs come of the over instead.

  • vswami on May 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Why not triple the runs in the super over. We could have the first century in a over.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    seriously , super cool. A very innovative ideas. i m eagerly waiting for big bash this year. Attacking batsman , fearless bowlers, big grounds, huge ground, fancy rules .Big bash is going to be a challenge for IPLT20. Guess Indian IPL players may be recruited in Bigbash. Fingers crossed.

  • champion1469 on May 26, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous. let the players provide the entertainment. you cant keep changing the rules to get new fans into the game because your going to lose the real fans. shocking that this is even being considered. crowds are dwindling because of market saturation, not anything to do with the product. stop meaningless contests and crowds will turn up

  • Meety on May 26, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Any proof required that this is a light & fluffy lolly pop version of cricket, well here it is. The best "invention" is keeping the ball IMO! If they did have a "power" over, it would have to be playable between the 5th & 15th over.

  • Winsome on May 26, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Isn't T20 spiced up enough as it is? This marketing guy at CA hates cricket that much is obvious.

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I can see this and the SLPL making IPL look oudated like hell already, not that IPL ever was not boring, baring first season.

  • ze_wolf on May 26, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    I checked the date and apparently this is not a joke. Most of these suggestions are ridiculous and seem to be made out of the mistaken assumption that 6's = entertainment.The game is so short that over 20 overs it should be possible to 'stay in the game' already without these ludicrous innovations, if you can't you deserve to lose. Seriously whats next? Make the bowler redundant and have the batsman belt the ball off a tee 300 times in an innings? It was said best in "Happy Gilmore": "You know what *else* could draw a crowd? A golfer with an arm growing out of his ass." - Shooter McGavin In line with this I now expect Cricket Australia to investigate the possibility of a 'super fielder' with an extra arm grafted on to their backside (1 permitted per team allowed in any over that is divisible by 3).

  • 9ST9 on May 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    what can i say this just isn't cricket anymore. I really do envy football fans(association football) they don;t have to put up with this sort of gimmicks. Have you heard that if a goal is scored in the 39th minute it will count as two goals? and the clubs are named With dignity we don't have the Manchester Maulers or Hull City Hangmen or Birmingham BlingBlings do we?