Kevin Pietersen warned CA to stay away from the temptation of further extension of Big Bash League season But Why ? Lets Find it out….
Kevin Pietersen sharing his opinion has joined the other high-profile players warning Cricket Australia against extending the Big Bash tournament for the next season.
Kevin Pietersen sharing his opinion has joined the other high-profile players warning Cricket Australia Reports said that the home-and-away fixture of 14 games per club is expected during 2018-19 to coincide with the new BBL broadcast rights deal.
This may lead to a new bidding war with the $20 million being paid for the current season by Network Ten to around triple the amount.
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With the crowds and TV ratings declining this season, the number of one-sided matches and dead-rubbers has gone high.
Pietersen said migration of the overseas stars cannot be afforded to for an extended season.
He further added, “I worry about the expansion of the league. I worry from an overseas player’s perspective.
I worry about it from an overseas coaching perspective. Can you afford to spend two and a half months as a coach in Australia? I’m not so sure. I love the Big Bash for what it is now — in the school holidays.”
With the four clubs employing overseas coaches — Pietersen’s Stars (Stephen Fleming, New Zealand), Brisbane Heat (Dan Vettori, New Zealand), Hobart Hurricanes (Gary Kirsten, South Africa) and Sydney Thunder (Paddy Upton, South Africa), it is definitely going to be tough with an extension.
Stars captain John Hastings and Renegades veteran Brad Hodge have also urged the Cricket Australia to retain the 10-match format used this summer.
Hodge said, “If you’re in administration you want the extra games, TV rights and so forth. But as a player this could be right.
I’ve played a lot of Twenty 20 around the world and generally you feel it’s always a week too long, no matter how many games there are. If you stretch it out I think the overseas playing group will be tested as well.
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If you’re starting to ask players to come for two or three months it’ll test the quality of player. There are a few things to nut out before you go down that path.”
Hastings added on the statement saying, “Keeping it at 10 games is probably the way to go for now and just really building up that fan base and building up that viewership again over the next few years.
The TV rights deal is up next year, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with that. If they want more games then we’ll have to go down that path.”