I have got nothing against T-20 cricket. I don't particularly enjoy it half as much as a good old ODI or Test match, but I would still watch the best talent in the world even if it's only for 40 overs in a day.
But here comes Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's head of marketing, with some crazy ideas for their new and supposedly-improved Big Bash League.
One of the rules he wants to introduce is to let the spectators take the ball home with them every time it's hit for a six. There goes any little chance of swing conventional or reverse that the bowler might have had as a weapon.
As if T-20 cricket wasn't spiced up enough, if Mr. McKenna was to have his way, he would introduce the "Super-Over" in which the batting side can nominate an over where every run score will be doubled. Scoring 40 runs in an over could become the norm.
As if bowling in a T-20 wasn't tough enough can you imagine the plight of the poor bowler now when someone like Chris Gayle or Shane Watson nominates his over as the super over.
There are also proposals to allow only one fielder—that's right, just one fielder—outside the 30-yard circle for the first five overs of each innings. Oh well, why even give the bowler that luxury.
Another one of the rules he wants to introduce is to let the spectators take the ball home with them every time it's hit for a six just like baseball. There goes any little chance of swing conventional or reverse that the bowler might have had as a weapon.
God almighty whats next—each batsman gets two lives? Flip a coin once he's out just to make sure the bowlers aren't being unfair on the batsman? The fielder who's taken a catch doesn't get to bat? With these rules, the BBL will be reduced to nothing more than glorified backyard cricket.
While you're at it Mr McKenna why don't you restrict the fast bowlers to a maximum speed of 120 km/h, the spinners to just the straighter one and have the fielders tie their hands behind their backs. Oh here's another bright idea lets just have one wicket at each end, that will make the sport so much more exciting.
Cricket Australia authorities please take note that the sport needs bowlers, and youngsters need to motivated to bowl. These new rules are going to ruin cricket, as no youngster will willingly want to be a bowler. Let Mike McKenna handle the marketing side by all means, but when it comes to changing the rules of the game, he should have practically no say in it whatsoever.
Here's hoping that there exist level-headed, smart people within CA out there that will see to it that Mike McKenna doesn't get his wishes for the BBL. I am sure there are other ways to make cricket appeal to the masses and to bring spectators to the ground, as I am sure that the current thought process is completely crazy.