Shane Watson slammed the new BBL rules
Shane Watson, the former Australian cricketer, who recently retired from all forms of cricket, slammed the new rules which were introduced in Big Bash League (BBL).
One of the most successful T20 leagues in the world, Big Bash League introduced three new rules including ‘Power Surge’ where additional two overs of powerplay can be taken, the ‘X-Factor Player’ where a substitute can be taken and the ‘Bash Boost’ where the team get points if they are ahead midway.
The former Australian all-rounder last played in Big Bash League was in 2018. Shane Watson announced his retirement from the Big Bash League on 26th April 2019.
“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,” Shane Watson stated.
“The complexities that these new ‘science experiments’ are going to create for the viewers, let alone the players and coaches, when none of these has been tried and tested at lower levels, have really taken the wind out of my sails.”
“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.”
Shane Watson, who was considered as one of the promising all-rounders, had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the conclusion of IPL 2020. He has featured in 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is for Australia.