Australia news July 6, 2012

BBL contract window set to open

ESPNcricinfo staff

The eight Big Bash League teams will begin their scramble for players next week, when the initial 12-day contract window opens. All players became free agents after last year's tournament, meaning that sides must start from scratch in compiling their squads this year, and competition will be extra fierce this year because teams will be allowed to sign players to multi-year deals.

The contract window runs from Monday until July 20, by which time each side must have contracted at least 14 players and a maximum of 18, which can include two from overseas, and the salary cap remains unchanged at A$1 million. The remainder of the squad members must be confirmed by November 30.

Cricket Australia has also released the fixture for this year's tournament, which will begin nine days earlier than last year and will feature four extra matches. The increase means each team will play four home games, and Sydney and Melbourne will each host two derby games.

It is those cross-town rivalries that will kick off the tournament, with the Melbourne Renegades hosting the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium on December 7, and the following evening the Sydney Sixers will play the Sydney Thunder. The final has been scheduled for January 19.

Friday December 7: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Etihad Stadium, 7pm
Saturday December 8: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, SCG, 7pm
Sunday December 9: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba, 5pm
Sunday December 9: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, WACA, 6pm
Wednesday December 12: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, WACA, 5pm
Thursday December 13: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval, 7pm
Friday December 14: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Saturday December 15: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, MCG, 7pm
Sunday December 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, SCG, 7pm
Tuesday December 18: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Gabba, 6.30pm
Wednesday December 19: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Etihad Stadium, 7pm
Thursday December 20: Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Friday December 21: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, MCG, 7pm
Saturday December 22: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Etihad Stadium, 7pm
Sunday December 23: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, Blundstone Arena, 4.30pm
Sunday December 23: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Oval, 7pm
Wednesday December 26: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, SCG, 7pm
Thursday December 27: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, Adelaide Oval, 7pm
Friday December 28: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Saturday December 29: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, WACA, 6pm
Sunday December 30: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Tuesday January 1: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, Blundstone Arena, 7pm
Wednesday January 2: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, Etihad Stadium, 7pm
Thursday January 3: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Gabba, 6.30pm
Friday January 4: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, WACA, 6pm
Saturday January 5: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers, Blundstone Arena, 7pm
Sunday January 6: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, MCG, 7pm
Monday January 7: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Gabba, 6.30pm
Tuesday January 8: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, MCG, 7pm
Wednesday January 9: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades, SCG, 7pm
Thursday January 10: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Oval, 7pm
Saturday January 12: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena, 7pm

Tuesday January 15: Semi-Final 1 (1st v 4th)
Wednesday January 16: Semi-Final 2 (2nd v 3rd)
Saturday January 19: Final

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  • Roo on July 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @Andrew Sanderson... Agree & would like to see 4 int. players available to teams... As CA still has plans to expand the BBL, the teams will be getting stretched on local talent... Yes, the salary cap is almost amateurish - $8 million - the media contracts are worth many times that amount alone... Seems BBL & OD'ers is all that is keeping Shield cricket alive these days - it isn't the gate-takings from SS, thats for sure...

  • Roo on July 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Andrew202... You & others have jumped the gun & not read what CA has planned for the BBL... The 1st year was actually only planned at a very late stage so full multi-year contracts (players & media) could not be set up... Now that Vettori has a 3 year contract with Brisbane early in the contract window shows all teams will be looking at setting up a base player group for the future...

  • Andrew on July 9, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @Andrew202 - I agree, although I think it was a requirement in the first season. I think you'll see minimal movement AFTER this round of trades.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Hi1 I am Arvind and a fan of Suresh Raina. In the BBL my fav. team is Brisbane Heat. May the owners please change the team name as Brisbane Green Heat( BGH ). Please purchase Dan, Warne, Ben Hilfy, Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Gayle and Narine. Plsssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

  • Brendan on July 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    great news, will be interesting to see which team gets who.....

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Andrew202 totally agree - these guys need to grasp that if you want people to follow clubs passionately you can't just recruit a whole different team each year. I barrack for the Melbourne stars but my choice was made because of Warne. I don't really believe warne will play anywhere else but many other clubs will be different.

    Perhaps all australian players should have to be traded/brought/sold like other sports?

  • mitch on July 7, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    @ RandyOZ mate, you do realise cricket is a TEAM sport right?

  • Andrew on July 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    All teams start from scratch again and all new contracts? That's pathetic. These Big Bash teams are meaningless. Unless you have consistency from year to year you can't generate real interest in the side because it's not really a team - just a bunch of guys randomly brought together each year.

    So, some kid who's a fan of the Brisbane Heat won't even know if the player they loved this last season is playing there next season. It's all so phony.

  • Andrew on July 6, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @duralsumo - don't worry mate, the BBL is all set out!

  • John on July 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    I really love our Big Bash as it plays a very important part of financing cricket down here. However it is the middle of July and we still do not have the dates for the International program for Summer. I would say we are the only country that has not the dates set out. Not good enough CA

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