BBL To Have Strategic Time-Outs From Next Season
The franchise-based league in Australia, Big Bash League (BBL) has decided to introduce Indian Premier League (IPL)-style strategic time-outs from the upcoming season. It is an attempt by the organisers to make the tournament more competitive.
Meanwhile, BBL will have only one time-out per innings, unlike IPL which has two. The breaks will last for ninety minutes and the batting team will have to take it between 7-13 overs. During this time-out, the players are allowed to discuss the strategies with the management.
This will make the tournament more interesting more the fans and the players. Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson said that it has been in consideration for a few years now. He feels it will add new dynamics to the game.Sydney Sixers. ( AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)
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“The Strategic Time Out has been thought about and developed over the last couple of years, with input from key stakeholders in the game. We’ve seen the strategic time outs used in other T20 competitions around the world, and we feel that providing the batting team with the power to call a time out will add an extra tactical dimension to the outcome of the game, with the priority of maximising runs,” Dobson said.
BBL governing committee has made changes regarding the Super Over as well. After the ICC recently announced the introduction of multiple Super Overs in the event of a tied Super Over – as was the case in the World Cup recently – BBL have decided to introduce the same in case any finals game ends in a draw.
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However, if the Super Over of a league game ends in a tie, the points will be split between the two teams and there won’t be multiple Super Overs to decide a winner.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the competition for our fans, players and clubs,” Dobson said. “The super over has been a discussion point globally after the ICC Cricket World Cup Final. We are pleased to have landed on a solution that provides teams and fans with a more satisfying outcome to a finals match,” he concluded.