…to be played entirely in Basseterre
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - FAST-paced and entering were two of the words used to describe the newly-launched ‘THE 6IXTY – Cricket’s Power Game’ or T10 Tournament by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) that will precede the 2022 T20 season.
The Tournament, which has Jamaican T20 superstar Chris Gayle as the Brand Ambassador, is a joint initiative between Cricket West Indies and the CPL, and will be played at one venue this year.
Warner Park will be the venue for the first edition of the Tournament, which will see the six men’s franchise and the three women teams compete in a fast-paced new 60-ball Tournament featuring a number of top cricketers from around the world.
According to CPL, “This revolutionary format will see brand new innovations that will change T10 cricket and make the game even faster paced and action packed”.
So how will the Tournament be played?
According to CPL, each batting team would have six wickets – at the fall of the sixth wicket they are all out. The batting team would have two PowerPlay overs. They could unlock a third PowerPlay by hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls. This extra PowerPlay over could be taken at any time between overs 3-9
Additionally, there will be 30 balls bowled from one end before the action switches to the other end for the final 30 balls; those 30 balls will be delivered as five separate overs, with no bowler being able to bowl more than two overs for the innings.
CPL disclosed that if teams do not bowl their overs within the allotted time, a member of their team would be removed from the field for the final six balls.
Adding to the excitement, the Tournament will have the inclusion of fans within the action, as they will vote for the timing of a “Mystery Free Hit” where a batter cannot be dismissed by the bowler.
CWI President Rickey Skerritt noted that this tournament adds to the twist of innovating the game, which continues to be revolutionised across the world.
“THE 6IXTY has come about because of a close collaboration between CPL and CWI which is the way forward. I am really excited about the innovation, excitement and entertainment that it is going to bring to the fans,” Skerritt said.
Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “This is a hugely exciting moment for both CPL and Cricket West Indies as we create a tournament that will see cricket fans brought closer to the game. There will be world-class men’s and women’s cricketers taking part in a fantastic event for the Caribbean and this combined with cutting-edge innovations, signals a great moment for all fans of West Indian cricket.”
The organisers envision the possibility of expanding the Tournament and taking it to multiple venues in the near future.
This year’s Tournament take place between August 24-28.