Sydney Sixers defeated Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday to achieve the BBL ultimate.© Twitter
Sydney Sixers‘ resolution to retire an injured batter forward of the ultimate supply in a last-ball thriller within the Big Bash League (BBL) play-offs on Wednesday ignited a debate throughout the cricket fraternity. The incident came about within the ultimate over of Sixers’ play-off conflict in opposition to Adelaide Strikers. Needing two runs off the final ball, Sixers determined to recall injured batter Jordan Silk and ship Jay Lenton to the non-striker’s finish. Lenton, the assistant coach of the staff, had been included within the staff after a COVID-19 outbreak. Sixers’ Hayden Kerr scored an unbeaten 98, together with a 4 off the final ball, to take his facet to the BBL ultimate.
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Many within the cricket fraternity felt Sixers’ resolution might have been throughout the guidelines of the game however in opposition to the spirit of the sport. “It is within the guidelines but it surely’s in all probability not within the spirit of the sport,” stated former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh.
Sixers had earlier discovered themselves on the opposite facet of the rulebook as their try to have Steve Smith play within the play-offs was blocked as a consequence of current guidelines.
Legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist stated Sixers had been solely exploiting a rule. “My preliminary response to this, my intestine really feel says I do not prefer it,” he stated.
“The Sixers have been pressed, it has been rammed residence to the Sixers within the lead-up to this ultimate sequence: ‘We’re sticking by the foundations – guidelines that we made up two weeks in the past – however we’re sticking by them.’ The Sixers have stated: ‘There is a rule e book there, we’ll exploit a rule right here’,” Gilchrist added.
The transfer left cricket followers cut up on social media, with many criticising it and different praising Sixers for taking part in by the foundations.
Sydney Sixers will face Perth Scorchers within the BBL ultimate on Friday.
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