SYDNEY: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne criticised Cricket Australia, saying that “greed” is the main reason behind the board’s decision to expand the Big Bash League next summer.
An extended Big Bash League (BBL) – with an increase in fixtures from 35 to 43 – is set to stretch into mid-February next year, with games played at four new venues. It has been reported that an expanded BBL, with more focus on the finals, would offer more value to broadcasters. Earlier this month, Channel Seven and Fox Sports clinched the broadcast rights to Australian cricket for the next six years, in a deal worth AUD 1.2 billion with CA.
Warne took to Twitter to express his displeasure, saying expanding the BBL would “dilute a wonderful product”.
Australian Cricket should be an equal partnership between the players & the board, then everyone would be on the same page, sure they won’t always agree – but if both parties attitude is – what’s best for Australian Cricket & not themselves – then Cricket & the fans would b happy https://t.co/c4HGUonTFX
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 20, 2018