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Australia off-season 2022

Starfighter

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I suppose a thread might be worthwhile.

Saw this article posted on a certain other forum, CA effectively wants to sacrifice the white ball internationals to save the BBL. Doesn't look good for the future of FTA broadcasts either.

Cricket Australia’s bold plan to rescue Big Bash League before next TV rights deal

Cricket Australia has a radical plan to try to reignite the Big Bash League, but will it happen quickly enough for broadcasters to want to bid for the rights at the next TV deal?

Cricket Australia is set to permanently jettison white-ball internationals out of January in a desperate attempt to save the dying Big Bash League.

But the long-term rescue plan, which will guarantee the unprecedented availability of Australian stars for a large chunk of the tournament, can’t kick in until 2024 – leaving CA in a perilous position heading into a BBL season broadcasters are telling them will make-or-break the next TV rights deal.
As it stands, CA is powerless to change three ODIs against South Africa scheduled for the middle of January next summer, as well as an Australian Test team likely leaving for India before the BBL finals.

It is a scheduling double blow which once again decimates the star power of the competition in a summer where the heat is on like never before to deliver with only two summers to run on the current $1.8 billion TV deal with Channel 7 and Fox Sports.
As revealed by News Corp last month, the BBL has lost on average 450,000 viewers per game since 2016 and has been in decline for six consecutive years on Channels 10, 7 and Fox Sports.

“They’ve basically got this summer to sort it out otherwise it’s not going to be worth what it was worth. It’s just not,” one industry source said.
But CA executives are listening to the damning feedback and in Dubai last week held crucial talks with the International Cricket Council about permanently fencing off the last three weeks in January following the Sydney New Year’s Test to make it an exclusive BBL window.
It’s a potentially watershed moment for the Big Bash, because it will guarantee all Australian Test and white-ball superstars would be available every summer for a significant stretch of games, including finals – something which has never happened in the history of the competition.
But the billion dollar question is will it be too late to save cricket’s next TV rights deal from disaster?
Even if they stick with Test cricket, Channel 7 has no interest in bidding again for the BBL, and there is no sign Channels 10 or 9 would be interested in weighing in.
It’s estimated the BBL represents up to $80 million of the $186 million Channel 7 and Fox Sports are paying each year for the cricket rights – but that figure is in grave danger of shrinking dramatically and closer to the $20 million a year Channel 10 had it for in the previous TV deal.

Both Seven and Fox have told Cricket Australia executives in no uncertain terms that this coming summer is do-or-die for the BBL before negotiations for the next deal commence.
The networks want less gimmicks and more genuine star power and would be happy with fewer games if it meant better quality.
Cricket Australia have responded by nutting out an arrangement with the ICC to ensure that from 2024 when the next Future Tours cycle starts, white ball internationals in Australia are played either at the start of the summer in October and November, or in February … but never in January.
It should guarantee all Australian players are free to play in the last three weeks of the tournament.
Sources expect CA to make it a contractual obligation for all centrally contracted players that they must play some part in the BBL.
“They should be allowed to play and quite frankly, made to play,” said an industry source.
It would be a potentially game-changing breakthrough for the Big Bash League, given never before in its history has it had access to Australian international stars outside of small, random pockets.

But the tricky thing for Cricket Australia will be convincing broadcasters to take a leap of faith that the Big Bash is ready to turn a corner from 2024 under the proposed scheduling revamp, even though over the course of this six year TV deal the product has been in steady decline.
Broadcasters feel the BBL is in no man’s land.
It’s no longer the attractive entertainment product it first set out to be, and nor is it a functional development or feeder system for producing talent.
Ben McDermott, far and away the best player in the most recent BBL failed to get a bid at the Indian Premier League auction, and at last year’s World Cup not a single breakout BBL star was able to get anywhere near cracking the Australian XI.
Tim David was the pick of the Aussies at this year’s IPL auction, yet he got his million dollars largely courtesy of his work in the Pakistan Super League – now considered a superior competition to the BBL.
The farcical decision to block Steve Smith from making cameo appearances in the last BBL spotlighted how lost the competition has become.
News Corp understands Cricket Australia is highly unlikely to reduce the current 14-game home and away season, but are looking at crunching it all into six weeks to start just before Christmas and finish at the end of January.

Administrators are set to try and finally introduce an overseas player draft which has been delayed by COVID – and while big name internationals are important, both networks agree there is no substitute for having Australian stars headline the tournament.
There is no other T20 competition in the world that is competing against itself like the BBL, with the successful leagues in India, Pakistan and England all given a window uninterrupted by their international teams.
But Cricket Australia’s breakthrough talks with the ICC in Dubai has provided some long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel.
If all 11 Test players and 11 specialist white-ball internationals are playing BBL at the same time and spread evenly across the teams – there is suddenly genuine star power to lift the profile of every game and improve the languishing standards of play.
Another idea that’s been floated is whether the BBL schedule could move more to a football code model where games are played on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to create a more concentrated big hit for ratings and crowds – but it’s unclear how effective that would be when it’s school holiday period anyway.
 

Spikey

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I mean, the white ball internationals were already sacrificed. they serve no value in January for anyone anymore. One main problem with it would be it's even harder for regular white ball players to get a shield game in (but that's no different to the last few years anyway)
 

honestbharani

Whatever it takes!!!
I think the 8 sides was a bit too much for the BBL. They could have tried 6 sides and played it in a 3-4 week window like the CPL. Even the PSL only has 6 teams, they are more pragmatic, I feel. Even the IPL has to shrink down to a 6 week window sooner than later. All these leagues NEED international cricket to drive their own popularity too. It creates the element of the unseen when you see a Bairstow and Warner become friends or when you see Bumrah and Boult operate together etc.
 

morgieb

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They've absolutely shot the golden goose re: the BBL. It wasn't that long ago it was the clear #2, now at a minimum it's behind the PSL and CPL as well, and probably The Hundred too. Hell even the LPL and BPL might be close to being on par, whereas South Africa and New Zealand just use provinces rather than franchises. 6 teams in a short summer window is best and will enable some better internationals to come in rather than C-grade Poms.
 

CricAddict

International Captain
They've absolutely shot the golden goose re: the BBL. It wasn't that long ago it was the clear #2, now at a minimum it's behind the PSL and CPL as well, and probably The Hundred too. Hell even the LPL and BPL might be close to being on par, whereas South Africa and New Zealand just use provinces rather than franchises. 6 teams in a short summer window is best and will enable some better internationals to come in rather than C-grade Poms.
How do you guys rate different leagues? On what parameters?
 

morgieb

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How do you guys rate different leagues? On what parameters?
Not sure there's a mathematical way, but how IPL valuations are treated and quality of international player coming over matters.

Overseas eyeballs too.
 

Blenkinsop

School Boy/Girl Captain
Lots of Aus cricketers turning up as overseas pros in the County Championship this year.

So far:

James Pattinson was deadly last time he played for Notts, I think he averaged 12 or something ridiculous like that. But he sprayed it everywhere in his first match this year and got carted.
Marnus Lanuschagne left an in-ducker in the first innings and was plumb LBW. Got a tidy 50 not out in the second dig though.
Michael Neser bowled well in the same game, a good win for Glamorgan against a strong Notts team.
Peter Siddle bowled very well on a helpful pitch at Taunton but Coverton got the wickets.
Mark Steketee looked like he hadn't quite adjusted his length to English conditions, was outbowled by the rest of the Essex attack.
Matt Renshaw got more runs than some in that Taunton game but not enough.
Marcus Harris got a good hundred against a decent Yorkshire attack.
Jackson Bird bowled 25 overs without taking a wicket as Lancs piled up 500+.

Northants have signed a guy called Matt Kelly about whom I know nothing. Is he any good?
 

Nintendo

International Debutant
Lots of Aus cricketers turning up as overseas pros in the County Championship this year.

So far:

James Pattinson was deadly last time he played for Notts, I think he averaged 12 or something ridiculous like that. But he sprayed it everywhere in his first match this year and got carted.
Marnus Lanuschagne left an in-ducker in the first innings and was plumb LBW. Got a tidy 50 not out in the second dig though.
Michael Neser bowled well in the same game, a good win for Glamorgan against a strong Notts team.
Peter Siddle bowled very well on a helpful pitch at Taunton but Coverton got the wickets.
Mark Steketee looked like he hadn't quite adjusted his length to English conditions, was outbowled by the rest of the Essex attack.
Matt Renshaw got more runs than some in that Taunton game but not enough.
Marcus Harris got a good hundred against a decent Yorkshire attack.
Jackson Bird bowled 25 overs without taking a wicket as Lancs piled up 500+.

Northants have signed a guy called Matt Kelly about whom I know nothing. Is he any good?
Kelly is a west aussie right arm pacer, hits that 130 km/hr range, coming off a good BBL season, including 4/25 in his last appearance. Not as good a shield bowler, been poor the past 2 season's but definitely a decent cricketer.
 

trundler

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Lots of Aus cricketers turning up as overseas pros in the County Championship this year.

So far:

James Pattinson was deadly last time he played for Notts, I think he averaged 12 or something ridiculous like that. But he sprayed it everywhere in his first match this year and got carted.
Marnus Lanuschagne left an in-ducker in the first innings and was plumb LBW. Got a tidy 50 not out in the second dig though.
Michael Neser bowled well in the same game, a good win for Glamorgan against a strong Notts team.
Peter Siddle bowled very well on a helpful pitch at Taunton but Coverton got the wickets.
Mark Steketee looked like he hadn't quite adjusted his length to English conditions, was outbowled by the rest of the Essex attack.
Matt Renshaw got more runs than some in that Taunton game but not enough.
Marcus Harris got a good hundred against a decent Yorkshire attack.
Jackson Bird bowled 25 overs without taking a wicket as Lancs piled up 500+.

Northants have signed a guy called Matt Kelly about whom I know nothing. Is he any good?
Pls do one for the Pakistani lads
 

Blenkinsop

School Boy/Girl Captain
Pls do one for the Pakistani lads
OK I'll try.

Shan Masood followed up 90-odd in the first game with a double hundred in quick time in the second. But it was against Sussex who are, er, "rebuilding", and on a featherbed, so perhaps best not to put too much weight on it.
Mohammad Rizwan scored 22 in the first innings of same game, didn't bat in the second innings after Sussex piled up 500-3 (see above).
Mohammad Abbas took six wickets in an innings victory over Somerset, then none in an innings defeat by Surrey.
Haris Rauf was by all accounts rapid but a bit wayward. Took six wickets in the match but went for plenty as Yorks beat Glos.
Zafar Gohar has possibly impressed more with the bat than with the ball so far, hasn't done anything game-changing yet.
Hasan Ali had decent figures in Lancs' win over Kent. Took five wickets in the match and was economical.
Naseem Shah bowled pretty fast for one innings and then crocked his shoulder.

That's all I can think of at the moment.
 

Line and Length

International Captain
Northants have signed a guy called Matt Kelly about whom I know nothing. Is he any good?

Batted at #5 for WA in the Shield Final (4 & 21*) and bowled 25 tidy but wicketless overs.
 

TheJediBrah

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Marnus Lanuschagne left an in-ducker in the first innings and was plumb LBW. Got a tidy 50 not out in the second dig though.
A ball that was going a foot over the stumps isn't "plumb LBW" ftr

poor umpiring but given it was Marnus I can understand the temptation to trigger him
 

Prince EWS

Global Moderator
Northants have signed a guy called Matt Kelly about whom I know nothing. Is he any good?

Batted at #5 for WA in the Shield Final (4 & 21*) and bowled 25 tidy but wicketless overs.
He was nightwatchman so ignore where he batted, he's a tailender.

Decent bowler, has a great inswinging yorker but usually only wheels it out in white ball cricket, will do well in England with his innies if he adjusts his stock length a bit.
 

GoodAreasShane

International Captain
Yeah can see Kelly being pretty useful in England.

Must be said too that I am glad the more relaxed visa criteria that allows players like him to get a taste of county cricket.
 

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