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Zampa calls for quirky BBL rule change

Adam Zampa has come up with a novel idea to amend the 'six-if-it-hits-the-roof' BBL rule. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

Melbourne Stars captain Adam Zampa has offered up a novel tweak to one of the Big Bash League's most controversial rules.

Zampa believes if a batter skies a shot into the Marvel Stadium roof, rather than being awarded six runs, they should be left at risk of being dismissed by a fielder's one-handed catch when the ball drops.

The idea is an adaptation of backyard cricket's famous 'one hand, one bounce' provision - but is Zampa serious?

"Yeah, why not?" the legspinner said on Saturday night, after seeing two Stars teammates hit the Docklands venue's retractable roof.

"Honestly, it's a little bit bizarre that they call it a six when the ball goes straight up in the air.

"As a bowler you expect that deceive a batsman and at least be in with a chance of getting a wicket.

"Maybe build the roof a bit higher."

Debate around the quirky Marvel Stadium rule was reignited when Joe Clarke and Beau Webster both hit the roof during the Stars' derby against the Melbourne Renegades.

Retired great Mark Waugh led renewed calls for such incidents to result in a dead ball, as was the case under previous rules.

"When that happens, you know how lucky you are," Zampa said.

"It's nothing about getting on top of the bowler or anything like that. It's just pure luck."

The two incidents gifted the Stars 12 runs in a tight contest and looked as if they would help the visitors secure a crucial win.

The Stars later required just 21 runs off the final 25 balls with seven wickets in hand, but staggered to a six-run defeat that ended their finals hopes.

"Our batting let us down tonight again, unfortunately," Zampa said.

"It feels like we've been in this position way too many times.

"You'd hope even tailenders would be able to get that done but it was a bit of inexperience on our part and some bad gamesmanship."

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