What Happens If The The Big Bash Final Is Washed Out
Even if they don't bowl a single over at the SCG on Saturday, the Sydney Sixers will be crowned Big Bash League winners for the 2020 season by default.
Saturday's big dance is tipped to be a total wash out, with Sydney forecast to cop up a drenching of up to 50mm.
According to current BBL guidelines, the team which makes the grand final first -- and is therefore the host -- will take home top prize if the match is abandoned due to bad weather.
As you can imagine, not everyone is impressed. None more so than the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder, who will face-off in tonight's semi-final knowing they are likely playing for second spot.
This is despite the fact that the Stars actually finished on top of the BBL table, one win clear of the Sixers and four wins clear of the Thunder.
Officials currently have their fingers crossed, hoping for the storm to clear for at least 45 minutes which would allow enough time to play five-overs-a-side -- the minimum overs required for a match.
“There's probably more chance that there won't be breaks than there is,” BoM meteorologist David Wilke said.
But it's not looking promising for the Thunder or the Stars.
So there's no wonder the Sixers' Josh Hazelwood is hoping for a washout rather than a five-over "lottery".
"If you've got five overs, a batter hits a couple of balls out of the ground, it's game over just about or one bowler bowls a good over it's the same result," Hazlewood told reporters at a press conference earlier in the week.
"The one thing we're worried about is getting one of those five, six, seven-over games. We either probably want it completely washed out or get the full game in."
Although he conceded that second place would be "more worried" than the Sixers.
Fans and broadcasters have been calling for the match to be moved to Melbourne but Cricket Australia rejected those calls, while also making the decision to cancel the bushfire relief match that was intended to be a charity curtain-raiser.
The governing body said it is exploring other options.
Under current wet weather rules, one over will be lost for every four minutes.
If the team who bats first bats for longer than the team batting second, they will have their target calculated using the Duckworth-Lewis method -- as they have done during the home-and-away season.
Wet weather has influenced nine games this season, five of those were in Sydney.
Speaking to SEN, the BBL's chief Alistair Dobson said "we certainly hope it doesn’t get to that."
“We’d love to think we could find 45 minutes in between the rain storms in Sydney on Saturday to get that done.”
The news of rain triggered a rush of calls to move the game.
Tonight, when thousands of cricket fans pack into the MCG, the sting will be taken out of the competition because if the forecast rings true, they're only playing for second place.
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