Former New Zeland skipper and one of the greats of New Zealand Brendon McCullum called for the introduction of a team from his country in Australia’s most popular sports league(Big Bash League).
The introduction of the Twenty20 Big Bash League in 2011 has taken it to a whole new level.
As of now, all the Major Cricket leagues including Big Bash and Indian Premier League is on hold due to global Coronavirus pandemic all over the world.
Due to coronavirus Pandemic, several tournaments are either been canceled or postponed. The T20 World Cup which is being scheduled on 18 October is also looking uncertain due to the global Virus(Coronavirus) breakdown.
Several countries have started taking strict actions to combat Coronavirus breakdown.Australia has already imposed travel restrictions.
McCullum feels adding a team from New Zealand in the tournament will increase the excitement of the fans in the league, which has suffered a dip in-crowd and Tv numbers in the past two years.
McCullum told Sen Radio”What an opportunity for the Big Bash League if there’s a lack of international cricket matches throughout the world,”
He further added”If we’re being honest, the Big Bash has tailed off due to dip in its following among the cricket fans and what a great opportunity to really launch that back into Australian sporting fans’ eyes and what a great opportunity to bring a New Zealand team in the BBL which will eventually increase the excitement of the fans in the league,”
The former New Zealand great also advised removing the “overseas” cap on New Zealand players as several international players may not be able to compete if the coronavirus restrictions continue.
McCullum said”Perhaps you could even use New Zealand players as local players because there may be a lack of overseas players in this global virus pandemic who will want to travel, especially high-quality ones,”
“A little bit of creative thinking and another opportunity to get some New Zealanders across Tasman,” he added.
Talks for a trans-Tasman bubble, which will allow the overseas player to travel between the two countries, have been on at the government level as the situation in both the countries is under control and the cases of coronavirus in both countries continue to drop.
Last week, Australian officials allowed 36 New Zealand rugby players and staff a rare exemption from the country’s ban on international arrivals.
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