Australian news October 29, 2010

Investors offered 33% stake in Big Bash teams

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Private investors will be allowed to buy a 33% stake in eight city-based franchises that will form Australia's Big Bash League in 2011-12. Cricket Australia's board gave approval for the Twenty20 expansion in Melbourne today and the organisation will own and control the competition.

Reports this week said Indian corporations had already bought shares of around A$60m in some of the proposed franchises. However, Cricket Australia believes the value of the teams will rival the biggest sporting clubs in the country. The Brisbane Broncos rugby league team was priced at A$36m this year.

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said private investment would be allowed from minority stakeholders, but the individual teams would be owned by the state associations. "The board has taken a position that it will be less than 49% [minority share], probably more likely to be 33%," Sutherland said.

"We're very excited and optimistic of the existing interest in these teams and the Big Bash League. Some of the valuations we have done recently put these teams immediately into the upper echelons of Australian sport in terms of value in sporting teams."

The idea is unashamedly based on the India Premier League, but Cricket Australia is determined not to make the same mistakes over ownership that have plagued the competition this year. Two franchises, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, have been struck out following broken agreements, while Kochi, one of the expansion teams, is on the verge of being dumped due to issues with investors.

When asked whether fit and proper testing of owners would occur, like what happens in the English Premier League, Sutherland said, "Under the licensing agreement, which each of the states and teams will be bound by, there will be a process of Cricket Australia maintaining the rights to vet or approve any investors in any of these teams."

Sutherland said there was a lot to be learned from the IPL. "I mean that in a positive and negative sense," he said. "There is a model there that exists that has been incredibly successful.

"It's important to reflect that part of the reason this competition is already attracting investors here and abroad is the fact that it is extremely high profile, by virtue of Big Bash teams having qualified for the Champions League, and been very successful. It's also because the game of Twenty20 is popular around the world, and it's a unique opportunity for cricket."

An IPL-style auction is not an option to distribute the playing talent but there will be a strict salary cap and a draft will be considered. There are hopes for a January window to ensure Australia's international players and big-name overseas stars are available for the entire tournament, but that will not happen at least until the current TV rights deals run out in 2012-13.

"We see great merit in having Australian players playing in this competition but obviously that needs to be balanced with our commitments to international cricket," Sutherland said. "We want Twenty20 to complement, not compromise, international cricket. Finding that balance is important."

Six of the sides will come from the cities that already host domestic cricket, but the state concept will be abolished for the Twenty20 tournament. Expressions of interest will be taken from other areas of the country over the next couple of months and a decision on the final two teams will be made in February. The inaugural tournament will be held in December and January 2011-12.

Crowd numbers for the Big Bash, which started in 2005-06, increased by 80% last year to average more than 18,000 per game. Cricket Australia was initially reluctant to join the Twenty20 revolution when it began in England, but quickly swung behind it when realising how popular and lucrative it could be.

Cricket Australia has done modelling 20 years into the future and Sutherland is convinced the tournament will be a massive success. "It gives us a huge amount of confidence in how this competition is going to grow," he said. "In the first couple of years, the cash flows are somewhat handicapped by existing media rights deals, so the marginal revenues may not be quite as large, but we would expect those to kick in from year three and beyond."

While there are expectations the other two domestic competitions will be cut back, Sutherland said the Boxing Day Test was "safe". "From an international programming point of view, our priority rests with international cricket," he said. "But all of the research we have done very strongly indicates that the enjoyment that people get from the game of cricket can be spread over the three formats, or discreetly held with one format of the game."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on October 30, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I am all for this competition - the crowd numbers already are at a better average than our second most football code - NRL, it still has a while to get to AFL. This will make cricket in Australia more loved as people can back a team in which they live in/ close to. I'm really interested to see what the crowd numbers are like in 2010/11 because the numbers jumped dramatically in 09/10 so hopefully they will do the same this season. For this to happen they need international stars like gayle, vettori and any indian players so other countries will buy television rights. More importantly they need AUSSIE cricket stars to be playing, if this happens it will be one the biggest competitions in the world.

    PS - GET RID OF ODI'S!!! - abolishing them would give alot more time on the calender for IPL, BIG BASH, clt20 and many two team test tours.

  • on October 30, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    This is a great idea. I don't know why everyone is downing this idea. The main goal for all domestic cricketers is to play shield and one day wear the BAGGY GREEN. this will definitely strengthen the love for cricket in Australia.

  • SnowSnake on October 30, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    T20 was created to get Americans interested in it. It failed in that regard as did Soccer. While there is a soccer league (MLS) in USA, Soccer is the most boring sport that I have seen. Americans only like the sport that they have a full control on. Any sport that is not controlled by the USA will not be liked in the USA. ICC should have known this. While T20 generated demand in India and rest of the world, salaries skyrocketed making T20 profit margins thin. Anyone who invests in T20 leagues is bound to lose money.

  • cricketislovely on October 30, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Implying that there is no skill involved in T20 cricket is a ridiculous notion. The skill set and approach required differs from the longer forms of the game, but it is highly skilled nonetheless. In T20, batsmen don't have time to poke and prod and get their eye in, they need to see the ball well from the start. Hitting boundaries requires skill as does executing strokes and finding the gaps. There is also a strong premium placed on running between wickets. Suggesting that bowlers don't matter in T20 is similarly ridiculous. Some bowlers have thrived in the format e.g. Nannes, Malinga. Whilst others have struggled. As an Australian I was initially highly sceptical towards T20 cricket, but I have been won over. In a T20 match every ball matters, so there is a tension from start to finish. T20 is a good complement to Test cricket as the two formats deliver two very different tempos and viewing experiences. In contrast I find ODIs boring as they are neither here nor there.

  • SnowSnake on October 30, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    With over 20 years of experience in investing, I see T20 cricket as a market bubble in formation, which will burst in about 2-3 years. It all began with Allen Stanford T20 for 20 million. Then IPL was created. Currently, IPL has some financial problems, so Indian investors are moving to Australia to try to make a quick buck. When people start moving money from one investment to another, they are trying to salvage their losses in the hopes that the new idea might rescue them. To make money, you need to have increase in demand. Unfortunately, demand for IPL matches is going down and Australian cricket market may be the second best (in terms of demand), but generally, interest in T20 is going down, so I just don't see how anyone can make money when demand for cricket experiments is decreasing.

  • Copernicus on October 30, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    The most worrying part of all this is not the foreign investment (although I fail to see how Indian control of domestic teams is remotely in the interests of Australian cricket), but smoething that seems to have snuck through in the last paragraph: "there are expectations the other two domestic competitions will be cut back". If this just means scrapping the unloved domestic one-dayers then to be honest it would probably be seen as a relief. But once they start making cuts to the Sheffield Shield, Australian cricket will see a major dip in quality.

  • sherb on October 30, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    20/20 is cricket dumbed down as far as it can go, it is cricket's equivalent of WWE. It is perfectly suited to the modern generation, which needs an instant result with as much glitz and razzamatazz as possible. The 50 over form of the game at least gave batsmen a chance to build a semblance of an innings and bowlers to make some sort of impact. In 20/20 Entertainment, the batsmen are simply slogging machines and the bowlers - well, what's the point of having them? Put bowling machines there instead. In making this decision, Cricket Australia have shown they have little regard for the game and its structure in Australia. ODI's and domestic one-dayers will be the first to go and let's see how long it takes for the Sheffield Shield to be hacked into as well. The almighty dollar is all that matters, hang the effect it has on the game. Shame on them.

  • cheesemethod on October 30, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Matt, I'm not convinced at all that t20 is killing or will be the death of test cricket. Its crippled one day cricket for sure but the game is so different to the 4-5 day format that it may actually make it stronger. I for one have started to enjoy test cricket more over the past couple of years, maybe i'm getting old but I do the chess style tactical battkes, something t20 doesn't deliver. Agreed abput the baseball though. It was only a couple of months ago I was saying there should be a baseball franchise comp in Aus and it was already in the works. I hope it takes off and strikes (no pun) a decent TV deal.

  • AussieMatt1974 on October 30, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    As one person I can only comment on what I think and what I will do. I think this is a very bad idea and I will not be going to this new competition and will instead spend what money I normally would on cricket, on watching another summer sport and that is baseball in the Australian Baseball League. At least now I will be able to follow a sport that has been true to itself in the rules and how the game has been played for the past 100 years and get something out of it. I am very sad for the demise of Test Cricket due to this new virus.

  • cheesemethod on October 30, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    I havent been a huge fan of t20 but this is a good move. Expand the big bash and I reckon eliminate domestic 1dayers (which was the original idea of t20 to begin with, keep ODIs but make the domestic format shorter and more exciting). The big bash absolutely boomed last season getting bigger crowds than australias ODIs so its a step in the right direction.

    The new/desperate one day domestic format has been a failure. Good in theory but even on TV its lacking staying power.

    I have no interest in the IPL. the TV production is terrible, as is the bulk of commentary and general presentation. Ausrtalia easily has best grounds and best quality of coverage for the TV viewers so no doubt it will be the new benchmark as the worlds best cricket competition. No bias either, I'm a New Zealander.

    It will work, just don't oiverdo it. Grow it overtime.

  • on October 30, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I am all for this competition - the crowd numbers already are at a better average than our second most football code - NRL, it still has a while to get to AFL. This will make cricket in Australia more loved as people can back a team in which they live in/ close to. I'm really interested to see what the crowd numbers are like in 2010/11 because the numbers jumped dramatically in 09/10 so hopefully they will do the same this season. For this to happen they need international stars like gayle, vettori and any indian players so other countries will buy television rights. More importantly they need AUSSIE cricket stars to be playing, if this happens it will be one the biggest competitions in the world.

    PS - GET RID OF ODI'S!!! - abolishing them would give alot more time on the calender for IPL, BIG BASH, clt20 and many two team test tours.

  • on October 30, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    This is a great idea. I don't know why everyone is downing this idea. The main goal for all domestic cricketers is to play shield and one day wear the BAGGY GREEN. this will definitely strengthen the love for cricket in Australia.

  • SnowSnake on October 30, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    T20 was created to get Americans interested in it. It failed in that regard as did Soccer. While there is a soccer league (MLS) in USA, Soccer is the most boring sport that I have seen. Americans only like the sport that they have a full control on. Any sport that is not controlled by the USA will not be liked in the USA. ICC should have known this. While T20 generated demand in India and rest of the world, salaries skyrocketed making T20 profit margins thin. Anyone who invests in T20 leagues is bound to lose money.

  • cricketislovely on October 30, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Implying that there is no skill involved in T20 cricket is a ridiculous notion. The skill set and approach required differs from the longer forms of the game, but it is highly skilled nonetheless. In T20, batsmen don't have time to poke and prod and get their eye in, they need to see the ball well from the start. Hitting boundaries requires skill as does executing strokes and finding the gaps. There is also a strong premium placed on running between wickets. Suggesting that bowlers don't matter in T20 is similarly ridiculous. Some bowlers have thrived in the format e.g. Nannes, Malinga. Whilst others have struggled. As an Australian I was initially highly sceptical towards T20 cricket, but I have been won over. In a T20 match every ball matters, so there is a tension from start to finish. T20 is a good complement to Test cricket as the two formats deliver two very different tempos and viewing experiences. In contrast I find ODIs boring as they are neither here nor there.

  • SnowSnake on October 30, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    With over 20 years of experience in investing, I see T20 cricket as a market bubble in formation, which will burst in about 2-3 years. It all began with Allen Stanford T20 for 20 million. Then IPL was created. Currently, IPL has some financial problems, so Indian investors are moving to Australia to try to make a quick buck. When people start moving money from one investment to another, they are trying to salvage their losses in the hopes that the new idea might rescue them. To make money, you need to have increase in demand. Unfortunately, demand for IPL matches is going down and Australian cricket market may be the second best (in terms of demand), but generally, interest in T20 is going down, so I just don't see how anyone can make money when demand for cricket experiments is decreasing.

  • Copernicus on October 30, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    The most worrying part of all this is not the foreign investment (although I fail to see how Indian control of domestic teams is remotely in the interests of Australian cricket), but smoething that seems to have snuck through in the last paragraph: "there are expectations the other two domestic competitions will be cut back". If this just means scrapping the unloved domestic one-dayers then to be honest it would probably be seen as a relief. But once they start making cuts to the Sheffield Shield, Australian cricket will see a major dip in quality.

  • sherb on October 30, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    20/20 is cricket dumbed down as far as it can go, it is cricket's equivalent of WWE. It is perfectly suited to the modern generation, which needs an instant result with as much glitz and razzamatazz as possible. The 50 over form of the game at least gave batsmen a chance to build a semblance of an innings and bowlers to make some sort of impact. In 20/20 Entertainment, the batsmen are simply slogging machines and the bowlers - well, what's the point of having them? Put bowling machines there instead. In making this decision, Cricket Australia have shown they have little regard for the game and its structure in Australia. ODI's and domestic one-dayers will be the first to go and let's see how long it takes for the Sheffield Shield to be hacked into as well. The almighty dollar is all that matters, hang the effect it has on the game. Shame on them.

  • cheesemethod on October 30, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Matt, I'm not convinced at all that t20 is killing or will be the death of test cricket. Its crippled one day cricket for sure but the game is so different to the 4-5 day format that it may actually make it stronger. I for one have started to enjoy test cricket more over the past couple of years, maybe i'm getting old but I do the chess style tactical battkes, something t20 doesn't deliver. Agreed abput the baseball though. It was only a couple of months ago I was saying there should be a baseball franchise comp in Aus and it was already in the works. I hope it takes off and strikes (no pun) a decent TV deal.

  • AussieMatt1974 on October 30, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    As one person I can only comment on what I think and what I will do. I think this is a very bad idea and I will not be going to this new competition and will instead spend what money I normally would on cricket, on watching another summer sport and that is baseball in the Australian Baseball League. At least now I will be able to follow a sport that has been true to itself in the rules and how the game has been played for the past 100 years and get something out of it. I am very sad for the demise of Test Cricket due to this new virus.

  • cheesemethod on October 30, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    I havent been a huge fan of t20 but this is a good move. Expand the big bash and I reckon eliminate domestic 1dayers (which was the original idea of t20 to begin with, keep ODIs but make the domestic format shorter and more exciting). The big bash absolutely boomed last season getting bigger crowds than australias ODIs so its a step in the right direction.

    The new/desperate one day domestic format has been a failure. Good in theory but even on TV its lacking staying power.

    I have no interest in the IPL. the TV production is terrible, as is the bulk of commentary and general presentation. Ausrtalia easily has best grounds and best quality of coverage for the TV viewers so no doubt it will be the new benchmark as the worlds best cricket competition. No bias either, I'm a New Zealander.

    It will work, just don't oiverdo it. Grow it overtime.

  • Gizza on October 29, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Did World Series or One-day cricket in general kill Test cricket? No it didn't. For the last 35 years (except for the last 5 years) ODI's have been the main source of revenue but Tests are stilll flourishing. Even if crowds are down that is due to too much international cricket even Tests against minnows and the fact that people are in general more lazy (watching Test Matches on television/computer and now iPad thingies is so much easier in the 21st century especially now that TV shows cool things like Hawk-Eye).

    To maintain the integrity, every country just has to do one thing if they want to capitalise on the T20 revolution. Take some of the T20 profit (there is so much of it) and use to fund the development of First-class and Test cricket. Triple the salaries for Test match or increase even more. If you make sure all forms of the game pay very well, it will mean the only games at risk of declining or dying are non-cricket sports.

  • Runster1 on October 29, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Why are people generalizing all indian players to only be aiming to compete in the IPL??? Many indian players the star in the ranji trohy will become india' team of the future. btw, i doubt big bash will spend any money at all to acquire foreign players. So, when aussies are getting above themselves saying thattheir domestic players will want to play in this league for money--i doubt so. I hope BCCI does not let indian players play for this league. Too much T20 isnt good. They play for the IPL, national side (if possible) and Ranji trophy. Ranji trophy will be happening around about the same time so indian players must prioritize first class cricket over T20. They willl, and i dont think BB will spend money that will attract indian players here anyway :D

  • CANUCK2003 on October 29, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Come on guys get real. We are in 21st centaury. everyone is after money and look at US, they are after every sports where they can mint money. NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and now they are after Soccer. If you want to develop the game and produce more players this is the right avenue rather thousands of potential players fighting for 20 spots in national team. I am all for it.... ofcourse we gonna be missing test and ODI games but better to go with the flow than living in 18th centaury.

    Note: English who started the game called cricket but failed to win any Internationl title all these while but finally won the T20 cup..... Atleast they should be thankful....

  • Doogius on October 29, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Great. James was an average cricketer and now he's an average custodian for the game. Cricketers in Oz were amongst the best paid pro sportsmen in Oz. And thats before any bonuses from IPL. Cricket Oz was the best funded sporting body in Oz - before the IPL. So why? James thinks that cricket needs to be like a corporation, more profit is good profit. James you are sporting authority head, your job is to promote ALL aspects of the game in Oz. When test cricket dies, I hope your still in charge at that point. You'll deserve it...

  • scotty12354 on October 29, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    why cant people see that twenty20 is a virus? in the long run it will end up crippling cricket. it leads to greed corruption and it cheapens the sport. Don Bradman would be turning in his grave if he saw that australian cricket has sold their soul to the devil like this.we wiil also see less international cricket as a result of this. because of the large sums of money offered players will choose club over country to the point that Australia and New Zealand will not be able to play any international cricket in january which is the main part of the summer. traditional test cricket values are lost playing this meaningless form of the game where boundry are brought in and game to game becomes a blur. the icc nedd to act quickly to get cricket heading back down the right path before the sport looses all credability.

  • trippleASS on October 29, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Players wanting to make big money by performing in domestic T20 tournaments is not necessarily a bad thing. There are only 15 - 20 spots in any national team. How much money do the domestic players who do not get a national cap make? I would not guess it to be enough for them to have a comfortable life after they retire, which is between ages 35 - 40 for most players. So If they have opportunities to make good money, it just relieves them of their financial worries, and they can concentrate more on improving their game. Performing well in the international arena is the ultimate satisfaction a player can get. Whether a players yearns for it or not is his own personal choice and work ethic. I believe that their will always be players who will not be satisfied with anything less than the highest accolades.

  • GoldJack on October 29, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Congratulation BCCI. You messed up one and only genuine respected brand that India had. The day BCCI started messing with Modi, it was clear that Indian Beaurocracy will mess up IPL. Good Luck Australia. I wish somehow you can use services of Modi to make BCCI realize what they have lost. Jack

  • cricketislovely on October 29, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    20/20 is not destroying cricket. On the contrary, revenues from 20/20 will subsidise the Sheffield Shield competition. With the expanded Big Bash we will have a domestic cricket competition in Australia that actually attracts spectators and TV viewers. 50-over cricket should be scrapped. International ODIs in Ausralia have been getting poor crowds in recent years and no one gives two hoots about the domestic one day competition. The 50-over World Cup is one of the worst sports events in the world. With no 50-over cricket there would be plenty of time in the calendar for 20/20 and Test matches. We need to face facts, 20/20 is the format that is most popular with fans, especially the younger generation and Test match cricket is the traditional form of the game that must be preserved at all costs.

  • nikhilpuri on October 29, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    This is getting pretty ridiculous. They need to stop Twenty20 overtaking international cricket. I know from a players' perspective Twenty20 means quick money, but how many people actually enjoy watching those matches? I can't remember one IPL match that I have enjoyed watching more than an international match. As an Indian, I would much rather watch Bangladesh play New Zealand than Mumbai Indians play Chennai Super Kings. IPL / CL T20 etc. are so boring it is unreal - poor quality cricket, everyone is out for themselves, and you see rubbish cricketers like Kieron Pollard and Yusuf Pathan as heroes.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 29, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Well Test cricket on fair or slightly bowler friendly pitches is the best no doubt. However if T20 helps in popularising cricket all over the world it will be greater. I would love to see cricket in any format become so popular that there is an European cup just like football and watched by millions of people like football in Europe.If some critics said Cricket was long, T20 must be the answer. 3 hour game is good enough not long just as in football the matches can extend till more than 2 hours with extra time. There should be no complaints.

  • Viper2.0 on October 29, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    First it was India who started two T20 leagues the ICL & the now popular IPL.Now australia has modified its KFC T20 Bash like the IPL,maybe it should be now called APL.Soon all the major countries will start their own T20 leagues & this may well be the end of test cricket.Soon in a couple of years,every cricketer will be playing for T20 leagues instead for his country.The trend has already been started with the likes of Gayle,Bravo expressing their desire to play for their respective franchises then for their country.Another player Pollard who can't even boast of a decent record in whatever international matches he has played should thank his lucky stars for getting a central contract and guess what does he do? he turns it down :x,when there are proven performers in the likes of Sarwan who is not offered a central contract.Gone are the days when a young cricketer used 2 dream of emulating Sachin or Ponting records.Nowadays its all about earning quick money by playing in T20 leagues!

  • Jarr30 on October 29, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Another BLUNDER by James Sutherland... He wants to make IPL as role-model..Great..Aussies going the Indian way...can't he see what has IPL done to youngsters in INdia. They just dream of playing in IPL and be rich. Test cricket is not thier prirority.It will be the same with BIG BASH...our younger cricket generation will just dream of playin in BIG BASH and get BIG CASH..winning baggy green cap will take a backseat.

  • Shan--IND on October 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    (Pommies, learn at least now, and get rid of 18 counties T20 circus... Wont work... follow IPL like Aus)

    Concept is good but...

    To be held in Dec/Jan every year ??? Then wont it clash with Ashes or other big series... Boxing Day & New Year Tests are going to be devalued...

    Will Aus Test players play Big Bash or Boxing Day test ???

    IPL is scheduled in April/May which is the post-season period... Oct-Feb is the peak season in India... Where as Dec/Jan is the peak season for Aus !!!

  • thefountain on October 29, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Can administrators please calm down? Cricket is at such an overkill point it's not funny. Everyone is tired of 50 over cricket. So what do they do? Book seven games straight against England! Last year Australia won 10-0 against Pakistan and West Indies! Even fans are sick of it.

  • cricketislovely on October 29, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    20/20 is not destroying cricket. On the contrary, revenues from 20/20 will subsidise the Sheffield Shield competition. With the expanded Big Bash we will have a domestic cricket competition in Australia that actually attracts spectators and TV viewers. 50-over cricket should be scrapped. International ODIs in Ausralia have been getting poor crowds in recent years and no one gives two hoots about the domestic one day competition. The 50-over World Cup is one of the worst sports events in the world. With no 50-over cricket there would be plenty of time in the calendar for 20/20 and Test matches. We need to face facts, 20/20 is the format that is most popular with fans, especially the younger generation and Test match cricket is the traditional form of the game that must be preserved at all costs.

  • CapitalC on October 29, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    What a Shame James Sutherland !! Not the saviour we expected. You wouldn't stand up and be counted. So long.. test cricket. what is left is this dressy version...How much of this loony cricket is enough?

  • boooonnie on October 29, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Despite all the potential dangers involved in this concept Aust must go forward with 20/20 or run the risk of being left behind. We must trust that our ACB will not put our strong domestic competition at risk. To do this we will must cling tightly to our Sheffield competition and if this means letting go of 50 over cricket then so be it.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 29, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I think that, while the IPL auction idea sounds good and maybe works in India, that we should go for something closer to the football model. A salary cap with trades and such and with the possibility of getting overseas players (perhaps up to 4 per team, like India has) but not an out and out market like that. I think that Australian players should play for their state, unless they've opted to move in all things. As for the other 2 teams, I think a 2nd team in NSW and a team from ACT would be good. Perhaps Newcastle and Canberra? New South Wales is so strong with cricket that I am sure that they could manage it.

  • Shafaaqat on October 29, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Great innovation for the Australian cricket and this must pose a stiff competition to IPL too. Not sure how many njon-australians would be included per team but the Quality of cricket in Australia is no doubt far superior than any other country in the world. This should be a huge success. In a way its good for international cricket too as it will provide a way to balance the source of income for players around the world which currently lies only with BCCI.

  • boris6491 on October 29, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Fantastic. Now we have an APL. Commercialise cricket some more. Soon enough, this is all that will exist. Enjoy international cricket while you can. This just shows a blatant disregard for the game of cricket itself and an evident rat race for money. Not sure if anyone else has thought or realised this, but I have. We are destroying cricket.

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  • boris6491 on October 29, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Fantastic. Now we have an APL. Commercialise cricket some more. Soon enough, this is all that will exist. Enjoy international cricket while you can. This just shows a blatant disregard for the game of cricket itself and an evident rat race for money. Not sure if anyone else has thought or realised this, but I have. We are destroying cricket.

  • Shafaaqat on October 29, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Great innovation for the Australian cricket and this must pose a stiff competition to IPL too. Not sure how many njon-australians would be included per team but the Quality of cricket in Australia is no doubt far superior than any other country in the world. This should be a huge success. In a way its good for international cricket too as it will provide a way to balance the source of income for players around the world which currently lies only with BCCI.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 29, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I think that, while the IPL auction idea sounds good and maybe works in India, that we should go for something closer to the football model. A salary cap with trades and such and with the possibility of getting overseas players (perhaps up to 4 per team, like India has) but not an out and out market like that. I think that Australian players should play for their state, unless they've opted to move in all things. As for the other 2 teams, I think a 2nd team in NSW and a team from ACT would be good. Perhaps Newcastle and Canberra? New South Wales is so strong with cricket that I am sure that they could manage it.

  • boooonnie on October 29, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Despite all the potential dangers involved in this concept Aust must go forward with 20/20 or run the risk of being left behind. We must trust that our ACB will not put our strong domestic competition at risk. To do this we will must cling tightly to our Sheffield competition and if this means letting go of 50 over cricket then so be it.

  • CapitalC on October 29, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    What a Shame James Sutherland !! Not the saviour we expected. You wouldn't stand up and be counted. So long.. test cricket. what is left is this dressy version...How much of this loony cricket is enough?

  • cricketislovely on October 29, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    20/20 is not destroying cricket. On the contrary, revenues from 20/20 will subsidise the Sheffield Shield competition. With the expanded Big Bash we will have a domestic cricket competition in Australia that actually attracts spectators and TV viewers. 50-over cricket should be scrapped. International ODIs in Ausralia have been getting poor crowds in recent years and no one gives two hoots about the domestic one day competition. The 50-over World Cup is one of the worst sports events in the world. With no 50-over cricket there would be plenty of time in the calendar for 20/20 and Test matches. We need to face facts, 20/20 is the format that is most popular with fans, especially the younger generation and Test match cricket is the traditional form of the game that must be preserved at all costs.

  • thefountain on October 29, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Can administrators please calm down? Cricket is at such an overkill point it's not funny. Everyone is tired of 50 over cricket. So what do they do? Book seven games straight against England! Last year Australia won 10-0 against Pakistan and West Indies! Even fans are sick of it.

  • Shan--IND on October 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    (Pommies, learn at least now, and get rid of 18 counties T20 circus... Wont work... follow IPL like Aus)

    Concept is good but...

    To be held in Dec/Jan every year ??? Then wont it clash with Ashes or other big series... Boxing Day & New Year Tests are going to be devalued...

    Will Aus Test players play Big Bash or Boxing Day test ???

    IPL is scheduled in April/May which is the post-season period... Oct-Feb is the peak season in India... Where as Dec/Jan is the peak season for Aus !!!

  • Jarr30 on October 29, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Another BLUNDER by James Sutherland... He wants to make IPL as role-model..Great..Aussies going the Indian way...can't he see what has IPL done to youngsters in INdia. They just dream of playing in IPL and be rich. Test cricket is not thier prirority.It will be the same with BIG BASH...our younger cricket generation will just dream of playin in BIG BASH and get BIG CASH..winning baggy green cap will take a backseat.

  • Viper2.0 on October 29, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    First it was India who started two T20 leagues the ICL & the now popular IPL.Now australia has modified its KFC T20 Bash like the IPL,maybe it should be now called APL.Soon all the major countries will start their own T20 leagues & this may well be the end of test cricket.Soon in a couple of years,every cricketer will be playing for T20 leagues instead for his country.The trend has already been started with the likes of Gayle,Bravo expressing their desire to play for their respective franchises then for their country.Another player Pollard who can't even boast of a decent record in whatever international matches he has played should thank his lucky stars for getting a central contract and guess what does he do? he turns it down :x,when there are proven performers in the likes of Sarwan who is not offered a central contract.Gone are the days when a young cricketer used 2 dream of emulating Sachin or Ponting records.Nowadays its all about earning quick money by playing in T20 leagues!