Cricket Australia has cut down the duration of the Big Bash League by two weeks. The decision has been taken after taking the feedback from fans and broadcasters and the players. The ninth season of the Big Bash League will be a 42-day tournament and it has been shrunk from 54 days. The tournament will run from December 17 to January 27.

According to Alastair Dobson, who is the new chief of the Big Bash League believes that the decision to reduce the competition duration has gathered a positive response.

Big Bash League 2018-19, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

This is a good step by CA.

 “No one that we had in through this process has had any objection to the shorter season,” he said on Wednesday (July 24). “It was overwhelming feedback primarily from fans, but players wanted to play more cricket in a shorter period and all our key stakeholders were on board with that.”

In fact, Alastair Dobson stated the idea behind reducing the number of days of the tournament was to organise more games when the young generation can come up to catch the action.

Meanwhile, Australia will hardly play any white format in their home conditions. Consequently, this has helped Cricket Australia in making the required changes. Hence, the Big Bash will be a marquee event of the shorter formats in the Australian summer.

Brendon McCullum, Big Bash League 2018-19, Brisbane Heat
Brendon McCullum (Credits – Getty)

A team can sign six players.

Furthermore, there was a feeling from broadcasters as well as the players that the previous season of the Big Bash League stretched too long. Subsequently, the Australian domestic players will play in the Big Bash League. Thus, it is going to add a spark to the contest.

Furthermore, in another development, a franchise can sign up to six overseas players instead of four players in their squad. However, only two foreign players can find the place in the playing XI.