West Indies Launch a New 60-ball Cricket Tournament ‘The 6ixty’

Written by Sumit Seth

Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) on Wednesday announced a new 60-ball domestic competition.

The 6ixty, which will take place in August, will see six men’s teams and three women’s teams compete in a new T10 tournament which organisers 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 United Arab Emirates in 2017 and the European Cricket Network offers a vast number of competitions for European club and national sides — but it is the first by a full member of the ICC.

Cricket West Indies and their partners Caribbean Premier League say it will “see brand new innovations that will change T10 cricket and make the game even faster paced and action packed”.

The innovations include allowing each batting team just six wickets at which point they are all out, rather than the traditional 10.

Each batting team has two powerplay overs but they can “unlock” a third by hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls.

The first 30 balls of an innings will bowled from one end as five separate overs before the action switches to the other end for the final 30 balls.

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