Australia’s Big Bash League will take the unprecedented step of fining big-hitters after a child was his in last night’s T20 match.
A six-year-old Adelaide Strikers fan was struck in the face, ironically, by a Travis Head slog-sweep. While Charlie was a little tender afterwards, there was no severe damage to the fan.
After the incident, the Herald Sun was the first to report on the BBL’s stance on hitting fans. Charlie was not the first fan to be struck by a stray ball, with WBBL star Ellyse Perry hitting a boy in the crowd in a similar incident at North Sydney Oval earlier this month.
— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) December 22, 2017
Cricket Australia has come out swinging against the “family-friendly” league. CEO, James Sutherland today announced that big-hitters will be retrospectively fined for the danger they have been putting fans in. “This is supposed to be a family-friendly league,” Sutherland said. “How can parents bring their children to the cricket if they are in danger of being hit. “Have you seen what a cricket ball does to a six-year-old’s head? Charlie’s face is fucked now”.
“We think fining reckless players is the way to go. Hitting fewer sixers will help make the BBL a safer league for everybody”.
Along with the new fining system, Cricket Australia will slowly introduce new rules and ideas to the T20 competition. “We think having giveaways like a ‘free helmet night’ will be an excellent way to encourage the crowd to act safely. “From there we are having a special bowling power-play, where the fielding team can replace the cricket ball with a beach ball for two overs. Initiatives like those will help the transition into next season where we intend to ban hitting boundaries all together”.
While the move to ban the boundary will come with its own controversy, Flack suggests that changing the name of the competition to the ‘Moderately Hit Along The Ground League’ (or MHATGL for short) will make the transition a seamless one.