The three new rules of Big Bash League (BBL) ahead of its 2020 edition has been welcomed with open arms and copped criticism as well. Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has joined the bandwagon of people, who are against those. Shane Watson, who once played for Sydney Thunder, blasted Cricket Australia for complicating the T20 tournament.
Cricket Australia decided to implement three new rules ahead of the 2020 season, namely Power Surge, X-Factor player, and Bash Boost, all of which intend to provide both the teams in a match significant advantage. The likes of Usman Khawaja and James Neesham has not welcomed the regulations while Brisbane Heat coach and former Australia’s Darren Lehmann has mixed views on the same.
Shane Watson, who came to know that the upcoming edition of Big Bash League will all have three regulations, believes it is a weird way to revitalize the competition. Watson feels perplexed of the authorities’ decision to fix something that is already working fine and not broken.
“I read today that the BBL is introducing these new gimmicks, such as the ‘Power Surge’, the ‘X Factor Player’ and the ‘Bash Boost’ in a misguided attempt to reinvigorate the tournament. I just can’t seem to get my head around why there are people out there who are trying to reinvent the wheel when the wheel was not broken,” the veteran all-rounder wrote in a blog post on his T20 Stars website.
The Queensland-born cricketer underlined that such rules would not only be challenging to understand for the fans but also coaches and team management who have not implemented these at the lower levels.
“The complexities that these new ‘science experiments’ are going to create for the viewers, let alone the players and coaches, when none of these have been tried and tested at lower levels, have really taken the wind out of my sails,” Watson wrote further.
Shane Watson calls for BBL to recruit world-class cricketers and pitches instead:
Instead, Shane Watson believes that what Big Bash League must do is get all the best players around the world playing on world-class pitches. The bowling all-rounder remains confident it will ensure entertainment to the viewers, keeping them on the edge of their seats as they achieve those admirable feats.
“The simple game plan in my mind is to get the world’s best cricketers playing on world-class pitches and guess what, you will get world-class cricket to watch for the cricket lovers out there and we will all be on the edge of our seats admiring the feats of these amazing cricketers,” he added.