The Caribbean Premier League(CPL) is set to return with the tenth season and it has come up with the idea to launch a T10 tournament named ‘The 6ixty.’ The organizers are hopeful that it will become a quarterly event that can be staged around the region and beyond. It has been noted that the inaugural season of the tournament will take place from August 24 to 28 in St Kitts, immediately before the CPL season. It has been revealed that The 6ixty will feature matches between all six men’s franchises and the three women’s teams, with squads expected to be at 85% strength. It seems some fans are not impressed with the new tournament.
The idea of The 6ixty has seen split reactions
The fans on social media have been left split by the 6ixty, with some questioning the need for a new format, but others expressing excitement at the new innovations. Former Lancashire and South Australia cricketer Joe Scuderi was scathing in his assessment, writing: “Absolute load of unadulterated crap. Enough already with these bastardised versions of cricket”.
Twitter user @Stephan_KG fumed: “STOP CHANGING CRICKET!!! This is seriously the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It sounds like a completely different sport. I’m all for a new sport or code, but let’s not pretend this is cricket”.
However, former Pakistan batter Faisal Iqbal said: “Sounds exciting”, while @Footy_Patil described it as “Kinda weird and kinda interesting at the same time”.
“INTERESTING…risk and reward!” added @imkb11. “I think this sounds like great fun,” wrote @lindystephens “I’m sure it will have a family atmosphere too, rather than yobs sitting around getting drunk all day.”
The format of the 6ixty is predominantly a T10 competition. However, several differences in the format has been noted which you can read here.
It has been revealed by CPL CEO Pete Russell to ESPNcricinfo that the new playing conditions will “add a layer of strategic intrigue and make sure that the bowlers won’t just be cannon fodder,” “You’re going to get some people saying ‘this isn’t cricket’ but my view is that cricket is absolutely the most important element of it.
The tournament will launch in partnership with Cricket West Indies, who have become the first full-member board to create a T10 competition. Chris Gayle will act as an ambassador for the 6ixty and West Indies players will be available after their ODI series against New Zealand, which finishes on August 21. Some overseas players are also expected to arrive early to play in the tournament, though a clash with the end of the Hundred’s group stages will rule some out.