Three ‘Super’ approaches failed in international cricket
Recently the organizers of the Big Bash League introduced three new rules ahead of this Australian summer with the aim of popularizing the league all around the world. The newly introduced rules are put into big arguments among the people around the game. Usually, leagues like BBL always introduce new systems apart from the traditional approaches to make the game more popular.
Not only in such leagues, but even in international cricket also time to time various new rules, approaches, or systems are introduced to make the game popular. The best example introduction of day and night Tests to make the Test matches more popular. The approaches may result in success as well as failure. The introduction of two new balls in ODI is such a kind of approach and is continuing successfully. Like that let’s have a look at three ‘Super’ approaches which failed at the International level.
The concept of Super Sub is pretty much similar to the X-factor rule introduced in BBL now. It was introduced in 2005. According to this rule, the teams can have one super substitute player and he has to be named before the toss. The player can be brought into the game at any point. Rather than the traditional 12th man, the super substitute player can bowl, bat, and do wicket-keeping like a player in the playing XI.
England’s Vikram Solanki was the first super substitute player in international cricket. However, the rule was opposed by the captains when it came to regular use. The teams winning toss gained a significant advantage of this rule as they got the fortune of going one step ahead with the substitute player. As a result, ICC had to remove the rule in 2006, only 9 months after its introduction.