The men’s Big Bash League (BBL) will have a few matches in the upcoming edition of the tournament in the 2023-24 season. Cricket Australia (CA) decided to cut 17 matches for the next edition after signing a seven-year deal with Foxtel Group and Seven West Media.
The upcoming season of the tournament will consist of 44 matches, including 40 home and away games and four playoff matches. Earlier, the tournament had 61 matches, and five of the 10 teams qualified for the playoffs. The old structure had five knockout games in the last season.
Cricket Australia’s general manager of the Big Bash Leagues, Alistair Dobson confirmed that the reduction of the games will allow them to produce quality cricket over quantity.
“A shortened BBL will allow us greater flexibility to ensure we can deliver the best possible fixture for clubs and fans, while providing a platform that allows players to continue to produce the world-class levels of cricket we’ve seen over the duration of the tournament,” Alistair Dobson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
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Alistair Dobson confirmed that the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will have the same number of matches, with 59 games in the season, including three finals.
“Whilst no changes have been made to the WBBL schedule, it’s vital that we make sure the tournament continues to be at the forefront of T20 Leagues as the global women’s game continues to evolve at a rapid rate,” said Dobson.
Cricket Australia has decided to trim BBL matches due to declining attendance at the tournament. The Australian T20 League is regarded as the second-best T20 event in the world, trailing only the Indian Premier League (IPL). The CA is competing against other franchise competitions that are about to implement centralized contracts.
The Big Bash League franchises will continue to pick the player using the draft method, which was introduced last year to avoid independent negotiations. The franchises can retain up to 10 players during a week-long retention window. The window will begin on May 15 and remain open until the start of the trade window on May 22.