Ultimate Kricket Challenge 2020 Rules: A novel shortened format of the sport will commence from tomorrow in Dubai.
The sport of cricket is all set to welcome yet another format comprising of high-profile names in the Ultimate Kricket Challenge. Scheduled to begin in Dubai from tomorrow (December 24), UKC 2020 will witness as many as six players battling it out against each other in a whole new format.
The likes of England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan, West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and former England captain Kevin Pietersen will redefine a team sport by playing in an one-on-one format.
As of now, you at least know that there are other changes to the sport in the Ultimate Kricket Challenge than just the spelling of the sport. Below are the intriguing rules of the format:
Ultimate Kricket Challenge 2020 Rules
One-on-one match-ups have intrigued cricket fans across the globe. Shortening the game further, the 30-ball tournament will consist 4 innings of 15-balls each in every match.
A UKC Contender, also termed Gladiator, can bowl a minimum of 8 balls per innings, while a sub player – an ‘Ace’ – can bowl a maximum of 7 balls per innings. The contender with more runs at the end of each match will be the winner, and 2 points will be awarded for each win in the league stage.
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) December 15, 2020
Each player, while bowling, will be assisted by one fielder and one wicket-keeper inside the dome. A Contender, while batting, can gain run(s) only after they complete a physical run. If a batter, who hits the Bullseye (behind the bowler) scores 12 runs, gains an extra ball to play. Bullseye on the square of wickets will get the batter 4 runs and every time a batter gets out; 5 runs will be deducted from the total.
Scoring is divided in to 6 scoring zones:
1) Zone A – 1 run
2) Zone B- 1 run
3) Zone C – 2 runs
4) Zone D – 3 runs
5) Zone E – with a bounce 4 runs
6) Zone E – Direct 6 runs
Ultimate Kricket Challenge 2020 Schedule and Fixtures
December 24: Eoin Morgan vs Kevin Pietersen
December 25: Rashid Khan vs Kevin Pietersen
December 25: Yuvraj Singh vs Eoin Morgan
December 26: Andre Russell vs Rashid Khan
December 26: Chris Gayle vs Andre Russell
December 27: Kevin Pietersen vs Yuvraj Singh
December 27: Chris Gayle vs Kevin Pietersen
December 28: Eoin Morgan vs Rashid Khan
December 28: Chris Gayle vs Eoin Morgan
December 29: Eoin Morgan vs Andre Russell
December 29: Chris Gayle vs Rashid Khan
December 30: Andre Russell vs Kevin Pietersen
December 30: Chris Gayle vs Yuvraj Singh
December 31: Semi-final 1
December 31: Semi-final 2
January 1: Final