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Chris Green slams new BBL rule

Sydney Thunder’s Chris Green has criticised one of the BBL rule changes, claiming it could have adverse affects on players mental state.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Green discussed one of the three new rules — the x-factor.

The rule permits teams to sub out a player, who hasn’t batted or bowled more than one over at the 10-over mark of the first innings, for a 12th or 13th man.

The rule is one of three that was introduced by Cricket Australia this year in a bid to make the matches more exciting after a decline in viewership.

However, the rules haven’t proved popular with a number of cricketers — current and former — expressing their disapproval of them.

“It’s just disruptive on players,” Green said. “Subbing a player out, I don’t think it’s great for the team, and particularly that player as well. I’d actually like to see that one gone. I don’t think that one’s good for the game,” adding the teams should choose the XI and stick with it.

“Different sports obviously have similar adaptations – baseball, obviously, you can change players throughout the game and soccer and rugby have substitutions,” he said.

“But this is something in cricket that players aren’t quite used to. And I think it can definitely have a negative mental impact on them in the long run.”

Captain of the Thunder, Callum Ferguson, also criticised the rules and the lack of consultation from Cricket Australia ahead of their implementation. He says that the real issue with the decline in interest is the state of the pitches, not the entertainment value.

”I was surprised and probably a bit disappointed they felt like they needed to go down that path,” Ferguson said early this month.

“My biggest concern was that we were making the changes to almost cover for some of the disappointing pitches that we had at different stages.”

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke labelled the rules “garbage”, while Shane Watson referred to them as “gimmicks.”

Green is less critical of the other two new rules, saying he didn’t mind them although players were still navigating how to use them properly.

“The other two, I think are showing good effect,” he said.

“The extra one-point will come into it probably more so the back end … as that can be make or break for finals time.

“The Power Surge, rather than providing big run scores, it’s provided wickets. That one has changed the game and is impacting the game, biggest out of the three.”

The Bash Boost rewards whichever team’s 10-over score is the highest with one competition point, while the Power Surge sees the power play shortened to four overs with an additional two-over Power Surge taken by the batting team any time after the 11th over.

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