The Cricket West Indies and Caribbean Premier League jointly unveiled THE 6IXTY, an inaugural 60-ball tournament. The inaugural edition will be held at Warner Park in St Kitts & Nevis between August 24th and 28th. It is expected that both men’s and women’s teams will compete in a new set of playing conditions.
The organisers have highlighted the following key rules: Each batting team will be all-out at the sixth wicket. The batting team will be granted two PowerPlay runs with no fielding restrictions. If they score two sixes within the first 12 balls, they can get a third. The extra PowerPlay over may be used between overs 3-9
Each side will bowl 30 balls (5 overs) from the one end, before switching to the opposite for the second half. The innings will not allow a bowler to bowl more than two balls. Bowling teams will be penalized if they fail to complete their overs on time. This is done in order to keep the games exciting and fast-paced. The defaulting team member will be removed from the field for the last six balls.
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Fans will also be able to vote on the timing for a mystery-free hit.
CPL and CWI collaborated closely to bring about THE 6IXTY. This is the best way forward. Ricky Skerritt President of Cricket West Indies said, “I am really excited about how it will bring innovation, excitement, and entertainment to the fans.”
CPL CEO Pete Russell said: “There will also be world-class women’s and men’s cricketers participating in this fantastic event for the Caribbean. This combined with cutting-edge innovation signals a great time for all West Indian cricket fans.”