Cricket stars and fans hit new 10-overs-a-side format for six after its debut in the Windies: ‘Absolute load of unadulterated crap’
- West Indies have launched a new T10 cricket tournament full of gimmicks
- Chris Gayle is the official ambassador for
- Rules include a ‘mystery free hit’ and just six wickets for each side
- A former first class cricketer rubbished the idea, calling it ‘unadulterated crap’
60 balls, a ‘mystery free hit’ and just six wickets each side – the new West Indian cricket tournament 6ixty is full of gimmicks – and of course Chris ‘The Universe Boss’ Gayle is right in the thick of it.
The new look 10-overs-a-side tournament, set to be played in Saint Kitts this August, was launched by Gayle overnight, who is the tournament’s official ambassador.
Twenty20 cricket was rubbished and ridiculed when it was first introduced almost 20 years ago in England – but 6ixty takes the gimmicks to a whole new level.
Teams will bowl five consecutive overs from one end before swapping, each batting side will only get six wickets, fans can vote for a ‘mystery free hit’ on any ball and there’s a potential extra powerplay.
West Indian cricket great Chris Gayle is the ambassador for the new 6ixty tournament
The new West Indian cricket tournament 6ixty will be played in August
It’ll all be about the speed. If the bowling side doesn’t finish in 45 minutes, they’ll be docked a fielder for the final over.
It’s just not cricket, some would say – and it’s also ensorsed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
That was the strong opinion of former South Australia, Lancashire and Italy cricket Joe Scuderi.
‘Absolute load of unadulterated crap. Enough already with these bastardised versions of cricket,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Gayle played more than 470 games for the West Indies in a glittering career
Another cheeky user also laughed at the format, and suggested, tongue-in-cheek, of a way to make the 6ixty even more exciting.
‘For every dot ball a bowler bowls he should lose a finger from his bowling hand. That should liven things up a bit,’ the user tweeted.
6ixty will be played just prior to the West Indies premier T20 tournament, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and will be the first ever 10-over tournament for a full member ICC country.
Fans in the West Indies are renowned for giving the games a party-like atmosphere
CPL CEO Pete Russell said he knew the tournament would have its detractors, but backed it to be a buzzing hive of excitement.
‘(The playing conditions will) add a layer of strategic intrigue and make sure that the bowlers won’t just be cannon fodder. You’re going to get some people saying ‘this isn’t cricket’ but my view is that cricket is absolutely the most important element of it,’ he told ESPNcricinfo.
‘It’s just about trying to generate excitement and interest. It’s like what’s going on with golf right now – you have to look at things through a different lens sometimes.
Gayle was pumped in the tournament’s promotional video, saying: ‘it’s powerful, it’s fast, it’s my type of cricket.’
Chris Gayle is one of the West Indians greatest ever limited overs players
Cricket fans flocked to the tournament’s official Twitter announcement to disagree with Gayle’s excitement.
‘Chris. Genuine question. Why would you want to ruin a game that has rewarded you so handsomely. This is like poisoning the well once you’ve finished drinking,’ one user wrote.
Others wrote they ‘hope it fails dismally’, while another commented ‘I thought this was a joke…but it seems they are serious.’
Serious they are.
What would our cricketing forefathers think?
6ixty tournament rules
- 10 overs a side
- Each batting team has six wickets, rather than ten
- Batting teams can ‘unlock’ a floating third powerplay over by hitting two sixes in the initial two-over powerplay
- Teams will bowl five consecutive overs from each end, rather than switching ends after each over
- If teams fail to bowl their 10 overs within 45 minutes, a fielder will be removed for the final six balls
- Fans will be able to vote for a ‘mystery free hit’ via an app or website