Australia news September 29, 2013

Bailey wants shorter Big Bash League, restored Ryobi

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Australia's stand-in ODI leader and Twenty20 captain George Bailey has attacked the decision to schedule the domestic limited-overs competition as a three-week early season tournament in Sydney, declaring the comparatively luxurious Big Bash League schedule should have been tightened rather than cutting further into the 50-over format.

In the wake of the Tigers' opening day hiding by New South Wales on a substandard pitch at Bankstown Oval, Bailey listed numerous complaints about the tournament his team had just embarked upon. These included the difficulties of the five travelling states playing the entire event in Sydney, the loss of opportunities to blend in younger players over the season, and the evolving reduction in domestic one-day games, now down to six per team, from 10 two seasons ago.

As an alternative, Bailey proposed the tightening of the BBL, saying the players would be perfectly happy to play more double-headers and back-to-back T20 matches, rather than the distended competition schedule, that will be from December 20 until February 7. He also raised concern about the six Sheffield Shield matches in as many weeks that will follow the end of the limited-overs tournament, and said the players and their association needed to be better consulted on major changes like the ones his team was now confronting.

"I like the balance of last year and the spread of one-day and Shield cricket," Bailey said. "On the back of this being over in three weeks I think it's going to be really challenging to see six Shield games in six weeks for a number of states, that's going to put a lot of pressure on fast bowling depth to be hitting the ground running come the start of the Ashes. So that's going to be a Shield challenge on the back of that.

"Ideally a quick fix would be to shorten the Big Bash - it seems to be getting longer and longer, we're playing seven games in what amounts to about 12 weeks. No bones about it, that's really important that the commercial side of it and the amount of money that the TV companies are putting into it, they should have some say in getting the format and the scheduling they want. But I guess there has to be a balance. Certainly in T20 the players would be happy to play a more condensed tournament, looking at some double-headers and back-to-back games."

Bailey had himself been used as an example why the schedule needed to be changed, when his Sheffield Shield scoring fell away dramatically last summer while he shuffled constantly between formats, losing his chance to be part of the Ashes squad in the process. But he questioned the logic of departing from a Shield and limited-overs schedule that had been successful for a long time in order to devote as much time as possible to T20.

"This is a tournament style set-up, but it's not how it's been done in the past when we were playing a lot better cricket," Bailey said. "So if it's a quick fix to try to get us playing better cricket I'm not sure. Your one-day side is going to be away for two-thirds of the competition anyway. I think it's a difficult thing to get right, scheduling, but from a players and players association perspective we'd like to be consulted more.

"For guys who might be just on the fringe of that Australian side come January they'd be loving the opportunity to play some one-day cricket for their state at the end of the Big Bash, to get two or three more games in, and much the same when we're playing Tests it would be nice for the guys on the fringe of the Test side to find a way to be playing four-day cricket to push their way in.

"I think the players and the players association are really keen to have more of a say on these types of issues, on scheduling. I'm not saying it's an easy fix, it's really difficult to fit everything in and get it the way you want, but I think it's really important the players are consulted as much as possible around the states, to try and get a balance for what's best."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • OneEyedAussie on September 30, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    No matter which way you look at it, the domestic summer has become very crowded since the introduction of the Big Cash League. Bailey is probably echoing a sentiment felt by many players - that the length of the Big Cash League is impacting upon the standard of cricket played in the longer forms of the game. Given the recent returns of Australia in international cricket, I think it is a fairly trivial matter to take what Bailey is saying as true - but the real problem is how to get CA to listen?

  • Nerk on September 29, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I think this new format for domestic ODs could be good. It could create a festival like atmosphere and generate a lot more interest in domestic cricket at the start of the season. However, like everything the CA has done in the last few years, it has been implemented poorly. Firstly, they needed to make sure the international players would be there for the whole thing. There is nothing better than going to a surburban ground to see Starc bowling to Bailey. Secondly, instead of including the whole of Sydney, or NSW, they have focused on a relatively small area of the city. Thirdly, and one of the points Bailey brings up well, is that the OD comp was where the states usually gave young players a go. Such a format will not allow this to happen as much. I think it was a good idea, but not practical. A shorter BBL would help more.

  • ShutTheGate on September 30, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    @ Hillbumper

    I think what you're highlighting is the fundamental difference between Australian and English cricketers for generations. The Aussies are brash competitors where the English as you put it are more phlegmatic. I don't have a problem with that and I enjoy the banter.

    Remember McGrath claiming that the Aussies were going to white wash the 2005 ashes and they got done 2-1? Bring on the banter!!

    Of course I want to see the Aussies win. They are improving and that we did perform much better at home last summer against SL and SA. I'm sure it will be a great contest. Whether history is re-written, I don't care.

    Of course you realise that Watson was the second highest run scorer in the last ashes. So to your point if our top 6 are all as good as Watson and score > 420 runs in the series then we'll probably win

  • hhillbumper on September 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @ shut the gate. Yeah thanks for that I had forgotten you lot won the Ashes 5-0.You are right about Benaud and Waugh having slow starts.My point is more the fact that Australia seem determined to re write history this year.You have not won a test this year yet all we here is how great a captain Clarke is and how Aus play this attacking game.That's great but would you not prefer to win for a change? England might be phlegmatic in their approach but I would consider this time to be the bit in between the next generation comes through. But I agree Aus talk a great game and with a bit more experience they could be as good as Shane Watson

  • the_bava on September 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Well thank you George Bailey.

  • GeoffreysMother on September 30, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Go for a Big Bash Friday, Ryobi Sunday and a midweek Shield. Market the Shield as watching the men who will win back the Ashes. Abandon franchises and expand the competitions by having two additional teams Melbourne and Victoria State and Sydney and NSW State - thus bringing cricket to smaller venues in the states with major populations. The state versus city matches should have plenty of spice.

    The only thing you miss out on are the likes of Gayle and Pollard playing for their third or fourth world team. Replace this spectacle by having former greats as team sponsors and if their team loses being put in the stocks and pelted with meat pies. it would test Warney's new diet to see if he ducked them or tried to catch them in his mouth!

  • dmat on September 30, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Who appoints James Sutherland and how do we (the cricket lovers in Australia) get rid of him?

  • Brownly on September 30, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I agree with Bailey wholeheartedly, even though he had to say at the end 'it isn't an easy fix'. It is an easy fix. The easy fix is to stop building the schedule while imagining all the $$$.

    Perhaps if CA put more money into advertising the Shield and Ryobi Cup they'd get more profit from them. I follow both competitions on Cricinfo, but if they secured a free-to-air television deal like they did with the BBL (even on one of the major channel's secondary channels, SBS would be great) then I believe they'd find the revenue starting to flow through those avenues. It may only be a trickle at first, but you gotta put in to get out. Once the public is able to get attached to the players (most cricket fans don't know anyone outside of the national team) then they'll start going to the matches.

    Look at the difference between cricket and the football codes in Australia at the moment. If they can all be free-to-air prime-time viewing money-making machines, why not the state-level cricket?

  • ss1981 on September 30, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    There is something inherently wrong with the state of Australian cricket, when a format of the game designed to be finished in a shortest amount of time possible takes up 47 days of the season.

    I understand the lucrative nature of the T20 format, but the result of CA increasing their bank balance is a decline in batsmen being able to build an innings in the longer formats, because the batsmen by and large will have the attention span of a goldfish. And with the increase in T20, a game designed for batsmen, how many youngsters would want to become bowlers, playing on pitches that may as well be on matting?

    Cull the T20 back, with more double headers and back to back games as George Bailey and others have sugguested, and move it closer to the start of the season, or have it towards the end of the season, so the mercenaries in world cricket can get in some practise before they head off to the IPL, but don't sacrifice the development of younger players for the sake of lining the pockets.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on September 30, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Australia needs to create a new breakaway body to run 4 day state cricket and the test match teams.

    It could be like the rugby/rugby league split of 1908. Cricket Australia could go chasing the money and the new cricket board created would run cricket with the specific aim of preserving the integrity and traditions of the game of 2 innings and unlimited overs.

    Would be interesting to see if players would want to only play the short form of the game. Here is the choice, you can go and play for money in India or play in Ashes. How long will the 20 over games be popular before they lose interest? The 50 over game went through the same popularity peak in the 1980s. Now look at it.

  • OneEyedAussie on September 30, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    No matter which way you look at it, the domestic summer has become very crowded since the introduction of the Big Cash League. Bailey is probably echoing a sentiment felt by many players - that the length of the Big Cash League is impacting upon the standard of cricket played in the longer forms of the game. Given the recent returns of Australia in international cricket, I think it is a fairly trivial matter to take what Bailey is saying as true - but the real problem is how to get CA to listen?

  • Nerk on September 29, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I think this new format for domestic ODs could be good. It could create a festival like atmosphere and generate a lot more interest in domestic cricket at the start of the season. However, like everything the CA has done in the last few years, it has been implemented poorly. Firstly, they needed to make sure the international players would be there for the whole thing. There is nothing better than going to a surburban ground to see Starc bowling to Bailey. Secondly, instead of including the whole of Sydney, or NSW, they have focused on a relatively small area of the city. Thirdly, and one of the points Bailey brings up well, is that the OD comp was where the states usually gave young players a go. Such a format will not allow this to happen as much. I think it was a good idea, but not practical. A shorter BBL would help more.

  • ShutTheGate on September 30, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    @ Hillbumper

    I think what you're highlighting is the fundamental difference between Australian and English cricketers for generations. The Aussies are brash competitors where the English as you put it are more phlegmatic. I don't have a problem with that and I enjoy the banter.

    Remember McGrath claiming that the Aussies were going to white wash the 2005 ashes and they got done 2-1? Bring on the banter!!

    Of course I want to see the Aussies win. They are improving and that we did perform much better at home last summer against SL and SA. I'm sure it will be a great contest. Whether history is re-written, I don't care.

    Of course you realise that Watson was the second highest run scorer in the last ashes. So to your point if our top 6 are all as good as Watson and score > 420 runs in the series then we'll probably win

  • hhillbumper on September 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @ shut the gate. Yeah thanks for that I had forgotten you lot won the Ashes 5-0.You are right about Benaud and Waugh having slow starts.My point is more the fact that Australia seem determined to re write history this year.You have not won a test this year yet all we here is how great a captain Clarke is and how Aus play this attacking game.That's great but would you not prefer to win for a change? England might be phlegmatic in their approach but I would consider this time to be the bit in between the next generation comes through. But I agree Aus talk a great game and with a bit more experience they could be as good as Shane Watson

  • the_bava on September 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Well thank you George Bailey.

  • GeoffreysMother on September 30, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Go for a Big Bash Friday, Ryobi Sunday and a midweek Shield. Market the Shield as watching the men who will win back the Ashes. Abandon franchises and expand the competitions by having two additional teams Melbourne and Victoria State and Sydney and NSW State - thus bringing cricket to smaller venues in the states with major populations. The state versus city matches should have plenty of spice.

    The only thing you miss out on are the likes of Gayle and Pollard playing for their third or fourth world team. Replace this spectacle by having former greats as team sponsors and if their team loses being put in the stocks and pelted with meat pies. it would test Warney's new diet to see if he ducked them or tried to catch them in his mouth!

  • dmat on September 30, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Who appoints James Sutherland and how do we (the cricket lovers in Australia) get rid of him?

  • Brownly on September 30, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I agree with Bailey wholeheartedly, even though he had to say at the end 'it isn't an easy fix'. It is an easy fix. The easy fix is to stop building the schedule while imagining all the $$$.

    Perhaps if CA put more money into advertising the Shield and Ryobi Cup they'd get more profit from them. I follow both competitions on Cricinfo, but if they secured a free-to-air television deal like they did with the BBL (even on one of the major channel's secondary channels, SBS would be great) then I believe they'd find the revenue starting to flow through those avenues. It may only be a trickle at first, but you gotta put in to get out. Once the public is able to get attached to the players (most cricket fans don't know anyone outside of the national team) then they'll start going to the matches.

    Look at the difference between cricket and the football codes in Australia at the moment. If they can all be free-to-air prime-time viewing money-making machines, why not the state-level cricket?

  • ss1981 on September 30, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    There is something inherently wrong with the state of Australian cricket, when a format of the game designed to be finished in a shortest amount of time possible takes up 47 days of the season.

    I understand the lucrative nature of the T20 format, but the result of CA increasing their bank balance is a decline in batsmen being able to build an innings in the longer formats, because the batsmen by and large will have the attention span of a goldfish. And with the increase in T20, a game designed for batsmen, how many youngsters would want to become bowlers, playing on pitches that may as well be on matting?

    Cull the T20 back, with more double headers and back to back games as George Bailey and others have sugguested, and move it closer to the start of the season, or have it towards the end of the season, so the mercenaries in world cricket can get in some practise before they head off to the IPL, but don't sacrifice the development of younger players for the sake of lining the pockets.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on September 30, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Australia needs to create a new breakaway body to run 4 day state cricket and the test match teams.

    It could be like the rugby/rugby league split of 1908. Cricket Australia could go chasing the money and the new cricket board created would run cricket with the specific aim of preserving the integrity and traditions of the game of 2 innings and unlimited overs.

    Would be interesting to see if players would want to only play the short form of the game. Here is the choice, you can go and play for money in India or play in Ashes. How long will the 20 over games be popular before they lose interest? The 50 over game went through the same popularity peak in the 1980s. Now look at it.

  • pmahone on September 30, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Get rid of the BBL all together. It is a waste of time and talent that his ruining players of potential.

  • duralsumo on September 30, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    To paraphrase Gideon Haigh yet again Jamie Sutherland is using Cricket Australia as a Marketing organisation instead of being a cricket administrator. Whilst I can see the merits if operating as a carnival such as the world cup the timing at the end of the relative football seasons (AFL & NRL) cricket does have the publics interest yet. Well said George Bailey whilst I am a Blue supporter you are 100% on the money on this call.

  • millsy24 on September 30, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    I agree with Mary. If this was being held in Tassie or if they had won would he be complaining? Bankstown Oval is a first class ground, but the weather has played a part in preparation of all grade wickets. They are also typical early season wickets in Sydney. Batsmen have to earn their runs and if they have poor technique or play poor shots they will be found out as was the case here, with both teams. You can't lose 4/6 in 6 overs and expect to win a game.

  • ShutTheGate on September 29, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    @ Hhillbumper

    Are you forgetting that most of the so called "English stars" were beaten 5 nil in Australia in 2007? They managed to regroup and build to be briefly number 1 in the world.

    You write as though a team that gets beaten lacks talent for ever. Half of the Aussie team in the last ashes had played less than 15 tests, they will improve with experience as they make the transition to test cricket. They don't lack talent, they lack experience and mental strength.

    Both Ritchie Benaud and Steve Waugh had slow starts to their test career and went on to become legends of the game.

  • alstar2281 on September 29, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    My Schedule: Play the Tests from Nov to the 1st week of Jan & then have the ODI & T20 Internationals wrapped up by the end of Feb. Play the BBL in a month block from the week before Xmas to the middle of Jan which covers school Holidays and major public Holidays. Could play a game every day + double headers on days with no test match cricket. I don't see why you can't play back to back days either. Play the Sheild & Ryobi games in rounds with all teams in action together as follows: Game 1. Sheild Tues-Fri with Ryobi on Sat Game 2. Sheild Wed-Sat with Ryobi on Sun Game 3. Ryobi on Wed with Shield Thu-Sun. This Gives you Ryobi games to televise on Wed, Sat & Sun. Play the rounds every Second week (alternating with Test when applicable) 5-6 before X-mas/BBL breaks & 5-6 after. Final of Ryobi in Early-Mid March with the Shield Final a week later. As such you have cricket on every week of the season but for Early Oct & late Mar

  • GeoffreysMother on September 29, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Absolutely right Chark_attack. Provide some entertainment on a Friday night at the end of the week with a few fireworks, dancing girls, beer and popcorn. You don't even need highly paid overseas stars - because the cricket is secondary. Just make sure it helps fund the rest of cricket - because Australians do care about Test cricket even if none of them go to watch Shield cricket that provides the foundation for this. Even C.A and the media companies should be able to work this out. Interestingly in England, despite Sky concentrating on one day and 20/20 cricket it is the county championship that has been the most compelling competition and has drawn increasingly good crowds. It is worth noting that England is moving to a model similar to what Chark advocates next year - for the very reasons he mentions.

  • hhillbumper on September 29, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Of course according to the Aussies they really are a great team and all of their players could win any match. The fact that their talent base seems thinner than a super model does not mean a thing.After all the rest of the world knows that Aus have won all their matches recently in all formats of the game.It must be true because that nice Lehmann man was saying what a good game they played in the summer.I missed most of it but I imagine they won the Ashes at least 3-0 in the same way that they won in India 4-0. God bless Australian cricket and all the stars it has given us recently like Phil Hughes or as he is known in this country as Bradman mark 2.

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Lets see, we lose the Ashes primarily because of sub standard batting techniques and the inability to pace an inning. So what do CA do, reduce Shield & 50 over cricket for 20 over hit & giggle. A shambles is too nice a term for CA.

  • on September 29, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Australian cricket is in shambles. especially their batting.not that I am complaining. where are the world beating batsmen coming from . certainty not the bbl.

  • PFEL on September 29, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    It's funny that CA are making all these decisions to earn as much as possible, when these very changes will destroy the game and annihilate it's popularity in many areas of Australia, resulting in a non-competitive national team and even less interest in the sport. The only logical conclusion is the end of the game of cricket in Australia. Then we'll see how much money Cricket Australia makes from it when no one wants to watch the games on tv, go to the games or play cricket anymore.

  • PYC1959 on September 29, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    The only thing we hear about here in WA is the BBL, this isprobably due to CA taking the Ryobi to NSW only. I suggest CA isten to the players when wanting to make changes for no reason. CA are only interested in the $ they have no interest in what the players or public think, they will make their money from television and advertising, the game could be played in the outback for all they care, it's only the money they want from tv etc.

  • on September 29, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    And people wonder why the Australian team is a shambles. One day cricket is still very important and CA just think now it's a throwaway competition. I fondly remember as a child watching the Mercantile Mutual Cup growing up and how fantastic that competition was. To see what that has become in just over a decade is really unacceptable.

  • on September 29, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Well done George Bailey on saying what a lot of us are thinking and saying ourselves. Abandoning the Franchise set up and going back to State teams with perhaps a Geelong team and West Sydney lineup would solve a lot of these Programming issues. With playing changing teams twice in a season - it makes things difficult. But no-one thought it would be a problem at CA did they? The whole change to BBL franchises has been counter-productive and will continue to cause problems.

  • D-Ascendant on September 29, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    As CA falls into shambles, I'm amazed Sutherland is still in charge. The CEO of a company performing like this would have been fired ages ago.

  • Chark_attack on September 29, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Stupid decision by a useless board that does not give 2 hoots about Australian cricket or developing future players honestly the best way for domestic cricket in australia to move forward would be dismanteling the big bash going back to state based t20 teams (this would still generate the same crowds and possibly lead to a follow over into fans who got into the teams for big bash also taking an interest in the fortunes during sheild/ riobi matches) also id like to see it formatted that the big bash runs concurrent with ryiobi cup and sheild games ie queensland goes to NSW and play them in a 4 day sheild game from monday thru thursday then play the Big bash game on friday night with the ryobi game on sunday then have a week off before heading to a different state i belive that this would be the best way to promote the sport as you are getting big bash games in the key friday night market and getting the lazy sunday market for the longer (yet still more 'exciting') games

  • on September 29, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    I've never understood why there is only ever one Twenty20 game scheduled on a day, in different parts of the country, in the Big Bash. For fans going to see the game, they can't make it to another game on the day anyway so they won't miss out. For fans of the format, they can watch it on TV all day if they're on holiday - or come in at any time during the day or evening if they like. It also shortens the number of days the competition is on, meaning it won't clash as heavily with the other formats being played in the summer. This obsession with having the competition take up as much time as possible has never made sense to me - 49 days out of the summer, versus 29 for the Ryobi Cup (each match twice as long, mind) and 85 (in two blocks) for the Shield. Yes, the Big Bash (each match 3 hours) takes up 57% of the time of the Shield (each match 4 days), and almost twice as long as the 50 over competition.

  • SajMc on September 29, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    With due respects to all Australian cricket fans, i haven't seen any new special talent coming up, CA is in very bad condition. and i don't see it improving in near future.

  • Amith_S on September 29, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @Mary agree 100% with your comments

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 29, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Good comments from Bailey re this NSW Benefit Cup. The Big Bash should be halved in length. Am sure players can cope with double headers and sensible scheduling ie Qld could go to Melb & play both Melb teams on consecutive days etc.

  • scarab666 on September 29, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    As Mervo has stated ' another stupid decision by the incompetent CA board ' This stupid decision by CA may bring in more money but it does more damage to fostering new talent, which Australia can not afford at this time.

  • Mary_786 on September 29, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @PFEL i agree wtih you. I understand what Bailey is saying but i also wonder if he would have said this if Tasmania won. Bailey is a good ODI player but averaged 18 in shield last year so for guys like him who don't get many shield runs this does not allow him to post big scores in the Ryobi later in the season to push for his claims at the higher honour and i don't see a issue with that. Bailey needs to accept that this we cannot have 3 formats going at the same time and that fitting the Ryobi in one month is the way to go to help our players focus on specific formats.

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on September 29, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I don't see the point in have such a long big bash, did nobody just see what happened in the Ashes, Australia got beaten by a poor English side. They need more 4-day cricket and less of this 20 over nonsense. In saying that, Australia will comfortably win the Ashes as England continue their downward spiral.

  • Mervo on September 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Yet another stupid decision by the current Australian cricket board.

  • runout49 on September 29, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Bailey's comments over the past few years both as a captain of Tasmania and Australia's limited over teams have always been incisive and unbiased whether his team won or lost. The Ryobi Cup schedule is ridiculous. CA just want to get it out of the way as quickly as possible along with those pesky Ashes and get on with the real cricket....the Big Bash !

  • on September 29, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Finally a strong voice comes out in favour of first class cricket instead of BBL! Good thoughts by Bailey... The Aussies are falling into a deadly trap by following the IPL system of functioning! In India, we now have a vast pool of players to select from and even if you count out Indians in the CLT20 happening now (Dhoni, Raina, Mohit, Vijay, Dhawan, Ishant, Rohit, Rayudu, Rahane etc) we have a number of potential test candidates in Juneja, Jiwanjot, Ishwar Pandey and fringe players like Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj, Vinay Kumar, Sehwag etc who are battling it out against West Indies A and in the Challenger Trophy to prove a point to the selectors.... However, the Aussies hardly have a few batsmen of test quality like Watson, Warner, Khawaja (not going to mention Clarke) and even they seem to be looking like sitting ducks for the opposition teams!! Come on Aussies... Bring in some logical changes!

  • on September 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Split the 50 over format into 2 brackets, 3 weeks at the start of the season and 3 weeks at the conclusion of the big bash. But never again play all games in Sydney, not only does NSW have a huge advantage, but as Bailey said they are going to be playing on substandard pitches. go play at Newcastle, Wagga, Townsville or wherever if you are going to play on 2nd rate grounds.

  • on September 29, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    It is completely ridiculous, particularly when you have two squads over in the champions league and now the next game is on tuesday? Hardly a tournament feel to it. Its more of a "lets get this out of the way" kind of feel to me. Just imagine you are trying hard to get into the ODI side and you have a minor injury for a couple of weeks and bingo, you have missed the whole tournament! Hard to see NSW not dominating this, particularly after their strong start today.

  • PFEL on September 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    No wonder he's attacking the schedule, he just got walloped by the perennial home team. I wonder if he'd be saying that if Tassie won.

    He does have a point though. This is a ridiculous tournament. If NSW win the prize money should be cut and handed out to the other states regardless.

  • PFEL on September 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    No wonder he's attacking the schedule, he just got walloped by the perennial home team. I wonder if he'd be saying that if Tassie won.

    He does have a point though. This is a ridiculous tournament. If NSW win the prize money should be cut and handed out to the other states regardless.

  • on September 29, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    It is completely ridiculous, particularly when you have two squads over in the champions league and now the next game is on tuesday? Hardly a tournament feel to it. Its more of a "lets get this out of the way" kind of feel to me. Just imagine you are trying hard to get into the ODI side and you have a minor injury for a couple of weeks and bingo, you have missed the whole tournament! Hard to see NSW not dominating this, particularly after their strong start today.

  • on September 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Split the 50 over format into 2 brackets, 3 weeks at the start of the season and 3 weeks at the conclusion of the big bash. But never again play all games in Sydney, not only does NSW have a huge advantage, but as Bailey said they are going to be playing on substandard pitches. go play at Newcastle, Wagga, Townsville or wherever if you are going to play on 2nd rate grounds.

  • on September 29, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Finally a strong voice comes out in favour of first class cricket instead of BBL! Good thoughts by Bailey... The Aussies are falling into a deadly trap by following the IPL system of functioning! In India, we now have a vast pool of players to select from and even if you count out Indians in the CLT20 happening now (Dhoni, Raina, Mohit, Vijay, Dhawan, Ishant, Rohit, Rayudu, Rahane etc) we have a number of potential test candidates in Juneja, Jiwanjot, Ishwar Pandey and fringe players like Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj, Vinay Kumar, Sehwag etc who are battling it out against West Indies A and in the Challenger Trophy to prove a point to the selectors.... However, the Aussies hardly have a few batsmen of test quality like Watson, Warner, Khawaja (not going to mention Clarke) and even they seem to be looking like sitting ducks for the opposition teams!! Come on Aussies... Bring in some logical changes!

  • runout49 on September 29, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Bailey's comments over the past few years both as a captain of Tasmania and Australia's limited over teams have always been incisive and unbiased whether his team won or lost. The Ryobi Cup schedule is ridiculous. CA just want to get it out of the way as quickly as possible along with those pesky Ashes and get on with the real cricket....the Big Bash !

  • Mervo on September 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Yet another stupid decision by the current Australian cricket board.

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on September 29, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I don't see the point in have such a long big bash, did nobody just see what happened in the Ashes, Australia got beaten by a poor English side. They need more 4-day cricket and less of this 20 over nonsense. In saying that, Australia will comfortably win the Ashes as England continue their downward spiral.

  • Mary_786 on September 29, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @PFEL i agree wtih you. I understand what Bailey is saying but i also wonder if he would have said this if Tasmania won. Bailey is a good ODI player but averaged 18 in shield last year so for guys like him who don't get many shield runs this does not allow him to post big scores in the Ryobi later in the season to push for his claims at the higher honour and i don't see a issue with that. Bailey needs to accept that this we cannot have 3 formats going at the same time and that fitting the Ryobi in one month is the way to go to help our players focus on specific formats.

  • scarab666 on September 29, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    As Mervo has stated ' another stupid decision by the incompetent CA board ' This stupid decision by CA may bring in more money but it does more damage to fostering new talent, which Australia can not afford at this time.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 29, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Good comments from Bailey re this NSW Benefit Cup. The Big Bash should be halved in length. Am sure players can cope with double headers and sensible scheduling ie Qld could go to Melb & play both Melb teams on consecutive days etc.