August 16, 2012

Australian cricket

Bolt, Blake may undermine BBL

Abhishek Mukherjee

The induction of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in the Big Bash League would "trivialise" the tournament, according to Chloe Saltau in the Sydney Morning Herald. Citing the example of a similar experiment by New South Wales in 2007, when rugby league star Andrew Johns was recruited, she says it would undermine the quality of the competition.

If Cricket Australia wants its Big Bash League to be taken seriously, if it wants the cricket to be seen as anything other than incidental to the marketing stunts around the edges, then it cannot enlist the two great sprinters as BBL players.

It’s one thing to have disturbed Chris Gayle’s stumps in a charity match, but another for an athlete worth a reported $US9 million a year to his major sponsor to face, say, Pat Cummins, bowling at 150-km/hr, with champions league money on the line.

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