‘Watch this space’ – Kevin Pietersen proposes bizarre rule change to T20 cricket

Ex-England cricket star Kevin Pietersen has called for the ICC to adapt the rules of the T20 format, and bring in a score of twelve runs for sixes that travel over one-hundred metres.

Kevin Pietersen proposes bizarre rule change to T20 cricket (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Announcing his bold suggestion to the ICC - and his 3.7 million followers - on Twitter, the 40-year-old, who is currently providing media coverage for the Indian Premier League, contended: “I want an addition to the rules in T20 cricket! Or, @englandcricket can do it in the 100. If a player hits a 6 that goes over 100m, I want a 12 awarded! @ICC”

Arguing his case, KP continued: "The pluses for a 12, for a shot that travels over 100m: 1. No game is really over till it’s over. 2. It adds real excitement. 3. Broadcasters have new equations around possibilities of 12s being hit. 4. New revenue stream as they can be sponsored. Watch this space...!”

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Pietersen's suggestion drew a generally negative reaction, and his former England teammate Ravi Bopara replied to the tweet claiming the ground staff would have to extend the boundary rope over the crowd. Darren Gough also chipped in, suggested the 2005 Ashes series hero had "lost the plot"

The 2021 T20 Word Cup is set get underway in India this October, but the UAE has been lined up as potential host country, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to worsen in India.

Meanwhile, while the Pakistan Super League has been postponed until June, the IPL looks set to continue, with the latest match seeing Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore edge a one run win over the Delhi Capitals last night.