Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has slammed the new innovative rules of Big Bash League ahead of its new season. ‘Power Surge’, the ‘X Factor Player’ and the ‘Bash Boost’ are the three newly introduced rules in the tournament. Watson has slammed them as ‘gimmicks’ and said that its a ‘misguided attempt to reinvigorate the tournament’.
The season will be spread across two months starting from December 3 and ending with the finale on February 6. There will be a total of 61 matches played in the meantime. The fixture list will follow the Women’s Big Bash League played from October 17 to November 29.
Shane Watson Ridicules New Rule Changes in BBL
The all-rounder, who recently bid farewell to the sport after Chennai Super Kings ouster from IPL 2020, said that it was a futile attempt to fix something that’s not broken by Cricket Australia.
“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,” Watson wrote in a blog post on his T20 website.
Shane Watson further addressed these changes as ‘science experiments’ and said that it will complicate the game further. Watson also said that the best way to provide good cricket is to make good pitches and bring the best players in the world under the same roof to play the sport.
“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,” he added.
The Australian all-rounder was a part of the CSK outfit that played IPL 2020. he announced his retirement from the tournament after CSK were knocked out of the competition. He ended with 1252 runs for the franchise with two centuries including a 117* in the IPL 2018 final against Sunrisers Hyderabad.