6 changes to be made in Big Bash with free hit for each wide ball
The rule of free hit has been in cricket for more than a decade. This rule has started from October 2007. Initially, batsmen get free hits only in overstepping no balls. Later, since 2015, batsmen have been getting free hits with all kinds of no balls.
This free hit means a completely bonus ball for the batsman. Because in this delivery, the batsman will not be out in any way except run out. So the batsmen got the freedom to hit any shot without fear.
Australia’s franchise-based T20 tournament Big Bash League (BBL) is being considered for more benefits for batsmen. Free hits will also be given for each wide ball in the upcoming season of the tournament. In other words, bowlers will have to get the penalty of free hit for any kind of illegal (no and wide).
Not just this change, the Big Bash authorities are considering a number of changes to make the Big Bash League more attractive and popular. In all, Big Bash television executive Dave Barham has recommended six new rules for BBL.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and the umpires will be briefed on the changes at a meeting in July by Alistair Dobson, head of the Big Bash Tournament Committee, CA’s event executive Anthony Everard and managers. Which will be effective in the next Big Bash only if it is unanimously approved.
The changes that are being considered in the Big Bash League:
- Bonus points available to teams for their progress at the 10-over point of an innings
- Substitutions also allowed within that same period
- Powerplay split between the first four overs of the innings and two overs floating elsewhere
- Free-hits for the bowling of wides
- The addition of extra breaks for advertisements and player strategy after every five overs.
- A draft for overseas players is also expected to be up for consideration