The Big Bash League has introduced three new innovations for the 2020-21 season.
The Power Surge
The ‘Power Surge’ is a two-over period during which the fielding team is allowed only two players outside the inner fielding circle. The batting side can call for this at any point from the 11th over of their innings. The fielding restrictions replicate those of the usual powerplay at the beginning of an innings, which has been shortened to four overs.
The X Factor
An ‘X-factor Player’, named as either the 12th or 13th player on the teamsheet, can come into the game beyond the 10th over of the first innings and replace any player who is yet to bat, or has bowled no more than one over.
The Bash Boost
The ‘Bash Boost’ will be a bonus point awarded halfway through the second innings. The team chasing will receive the bonus point if they’re above the equivalent 10-over score of their opposition while, if they’re trailing, the fielding side will receive the point. Teams will also now be awarded three points for winning the match, as opposed to the traditional two.
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