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‘6ixty will be fun, but won’t replace proper cricket like The Hundred’ – hilarious Twitter reactions to CPL’s 60-ball league

Cricket West Indies (CWI) have announced the ‘6ixty’, a new domestic tournament, a T10-style league played with 60 balls and six members per side. The series will be played between August 24-28 as a precursor to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the West Indies’ T20 league. Chris Gayle, former Windies captain and legendary batter, will be the tournament’s brand ambassador.

Nine CPL teams will be participating in the 6ixty, six men’s teams and three women’s. This is the latest in a growing movement by cricket governing bodies to generate revenue and public interest from shorter competitions – The inaugraural edition of England’s The Hundred, a 100-ball-per-side tournament was held last year. . The Abu Dhabi T10 league has already been in existence for five years, but the 6ixty involves a unique set of rules unseen before in professional cricket.

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6ixty tournament rules

  • Every batting team has six wickets in place, rather than the traditional ten.
  • Batting teams can “unlock” a floating third powerplay over by hitting two sixes in the initial two-over powerplay
  • Teams will bowl five consecutive overs without changing an end. There will be no switching of ends after each over
  • If teams fail to bowl their 10 overs within 45 minutes, a fielder will be removed for the final six balls
  • Fans will be able to vote for a ‘mystery free hit’ via an app or website

Others, however pointed out that the 6ixty is an attempt to rejuvenate interest in cricket in the Caribbean, at a time when the sport and its infrastructure is struggling.

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