The duration of the Big Bash League has cut down for two weeks by the Cricket Australia. The decision has been taken following the feedback from the fans, broadcasters, and players. This was because of the last summers edition of the tournament went for too long.
In the next summer, BBL will be a 42 days tournament instead of 54 days, where most of the matches are scheduled in the school holiday period.
This BBL tournament will run for six weeks, from December 17 to January 27. This tournament is featured with eight teams but followed by a finals round, the detailing will be given on Thursday.
The Cricket Australia new head Alistair Dobson said that the decision of reducing the number of days has been immensely positive.
“No one that we had in through this process has had any objection to the shorter season, It was overwhelming feedback primarily from fans, but players wanted to play more cricket in a shorter period and all our key stakeholders were on board with that.” – Alistair Dobson said.
Dobson said ensuring the vast majority of the tournament games were played during the school holidays, making them more accessible to the families, was the major focus of the new look fixture.
“It’s an amazing end to the season with a big BBL season behind it coming into the last four or five days of the season. Playing seven games in four days leading into the finals is massive. And I think every team is arguably going to be alive in those four days and it’s going to be a big end.”- Dobson said.
Australia is hardly playing any short-format cricket at home this season. So CA has taken to BBL as a marquee event for Australia this summer. For a change, now franchises can sign up to six overseas players in this season instead of four, but only two can be in a match.