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To give the Big Bash League (BBL) a chance in the competitive international T20 competition market, Cricket Australia (CA) plans to establish a draught for international players entering the league.

The epidemic has already had an impact on the plans twice. However, it is anticipated that the player draught would rekindle the BBL’s search for international talents as there will be more clarity over COVID-19 concerns for the 2022–23 season.

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In the past few seasons, the Big Bash League has played host to a variety of international stars, including Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Alex Hales. But the draught also offers CA a much more financially realistic answer, opening the door for more foreign artists to perform Down Under.

Currently, negotiations between domestic teams and foreign clubs take place in private and are not coordinated by the league. In essence, it means that elite players will only express interest if a contract is reached.

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With the new system, it is envisaged that players will put themselves forward while teams will make offers for them, much like the Indian Premier League auction (IPL). A television event will be held to highlight the wide range of excellent cricketers who are interested in competing in the Australian domestic championship.

Big Bash League is currently at a crucial turning point:

The BBL is currently at a crucial turning point with the emergence of new domestic leagues, an ongoing problem with player availability, and an upcoming new TV deal. The international player draught seems to be the answer to all of its problems because it may be used to recruit a group of well-known players who are also financially feasible and attainable.

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A watered-down strategy that could avoid more drastic measures like privatizing the event, this innovation is anticipated to infuse some enthusiasm into the league.

The 2022–23 season has been dubbed “one of the most significant” by Big Bash League commissioner Alistair Dobson. A key indicator of how the competition performs this summer may be the international player draught.

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