NEW LEAGUE IN THE CITY
The first edition of the 60-ball tournament will be played between August 24 and 28 at Warner Park © WICB
THE 6IXTY, a new 60-ball tournament, was jointly unveiled Wednesday (June 22) by the West Indies Cricket and the Caribbean Premier League. The inaugural edition, to be played between August 24 and 28 at Warner Park in St Kitts & Nevis, is expected to see men’s and women’s teams compete under new playing conditions.
One of the most important rules emphasized by the organizers is that each batting team is considered complete at the fall of the sixth wicket. They have two PowerPlay overs with field restrictions and can unlock a third if they hit two sixes in the first 12 balls of the innings. This extra over from PowerPlay can be taken between overs 3-9.
The bowling side will throw 30 balls (five overs) from one end before going to the other for the second half. No bowler is allowed to bowl more than two overs in the innings. As a measure to keep the games snappy and fast, bowling teams will be penalized for not bowling their overs on time. A member of the defaulting team is taken off the field for the last six balls.
Fans will also play a part in the game and will vote for the timing of a “Mystery Free Hit”.
“THE 6IXTY has come about thanks to a close collaboration between CPL and CWI, which is the way forward. I am very excited about the innovation, excitement and entertainment it will bring to the fans,” Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, said.
Pete Russell, CEO of the CPL added: “World class male and female cricketers will take part in a fantastic event for the Caribbean and this coupled with the very latest innovations is a great moment for all West Indian cricket fans. ”