Three rule changes that can make T20s more interesting
Revamped rules that could ensure a good contest between bat and ball even in the shortest format
While it is a well-known fact that T20 is all about fours and sixes, one must not forget that cricket is and always will be a contest between bat and the ball. The recent trend in T20s around the world has seen scores in excess of 200 becoming the norm, which means that the contest is more between the batsmen of the two teams.
Here are the three rule changes that could make the shortest format more interesting and more importantly keep the bowlers in the game as well.
#1 Reduce the number of wickets
Although the number of overs that a bowler can bowl gets reduced in T20s, the batting team still retains all the 10 wickets. This means that every batting unit can go bonkers from the word-go because losing a few wickets upfront might not have much of an impact as they have 10 wickets in hand.
Cameos from a couple of batsmen in the top-7 will ensure that the eventual total is a huge one. Invariably, most teams have a good batting unit, who pile on the agony upon the bowlers. The 22 yards that is being used for these T20s makes it even more difficult for bowlers to genuinely bowl good deliveries to dismiss international batsmen.
The number of wickets for a T20 can be reduced to 5 or 6 as against the 10 in a 50 over contest or a Test match. This will ensure that the batting side will be a little more cautious and not just go hammer and tongs without worrying about their wickets. This will be similar to the “super over”, where the batting teams have only a couple of wickets available in an over to score the runs.