What is The 6ixty?
Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Wednesday stepped up cricket’s bid to find another innovative short-form form of the game with the announcement of a new 60-ball domestic competition. Six men’s teams and three women’s teams will compete in a new T10 tournament at 6ixty in August, which organizers say will feature “many of the best cricketers from around the world”.
It is not the first T10 league – one was sanctioned by the International Cricket Council in the United Arab Emirates in 2017 and the European Cricket Network offers a large number of competitions for European club and national sides – but it is a full member for the first time I.C.C.
Cricket West Indies and their partner Caribbean Premier League say it will “see brand new innovations that will transform T10 cricket and make the game even faster paced and action-packed”.
Innovations include allowing each batting team to take only six wickets instead of the traditional 10. Each batting team has two powerplay overs but can “unlock” a third by hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls. The first 30 balls of an innings will be bowled as five separate overs from one end, before action begins at the other end for the last 30 balls.
And if teams do not bowl their overs within the stipulated time, a member of their team is taken off the field for the last six balls. The public can also play a hand in run-scoring with fans able to vote at times of “mystery free hits”, where the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler.
“I’m really excited about the innovation, excitement and entertainment it’s going to bring to fans,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt said in a statement. The first edition of 6ixty will take place at Warner Park from August 24 to 28. St Kitts limited-overs cricket originated in England in 1963 with the 65-over side Gillette Cup. It was considered too long and the international game has now settled on the World Cup in 50-over and 20-over (T20) formats.