The 6ixty, a new T10 League launched by Cricket West Indies and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), will start on August 24.
Featuring all six men's CPL franchises and the three women's teams, the inaugural edition of the T10 tournament will conclude on August 28. There will be different tournaments for men and women under the 6ixty umbrella.
All matches of The 6ixty 2022 will be played at Warner Park in St. Kitts ahead of the 10th edition of the CPL.
Taking to Twitter, CPL made the announcement through several posts and a teaser video featuring West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle.
"60 balls, 6 men's teams, 3 women's teams, radical new rules. Join us as we see the CPL teams compete in @6ixtycricket #CricketsPowerGame #6ixtyCricket #CPL22," the CPL stated in its tweet.
As per the rules of the new T10 competition, each team will only have six wickets instead of the regular 10. The powerplay fielding restrictions will only apply for the first two overs of an innings. However, should the batting side manage to smash two sixes in the first 12 balls, the batting team will be able to activate an additional powerplay at any time till the final over of the innings.
Additionally, sides will bowl five consecutive overs from each end, rather than switching ends after each over. If a team fails to complete their 10 overs within 45 minutes, a fielder will be removed for the final over of the innings.
Cricket fans will be able to vote for a 'mystery free hit' with the help of an app or website.
"The 6ixty has come about because of a close collaboration between CPL and CWI which is the way forward. I am really excited about the innovation, excitement and entertainment that it is going to bring to the fans,” Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt said.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle has been announced as the ambassador for The 6ixty and West Indies cricketers will feature in the tournament after the conclusion of their ODI series against West Indies on August 21.
Several overseas players are also expected to take part in the tournament.
CPL CEO Pete Russell said: "This is a hugely exciting moment for both CPL and Cricket West Indies as we create a tournament that will see cricket fans brought closer to the game.
"There will be world-class men's and women's cricketers taking part in a fantastic event for the Caribbean and this combined with cutting-edge innovations, signals a great moment for all fans of West Indian cricket,” Russell added.
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