Australia batsman Usman Khawaja says the nation’s Massive Bash League (BBL) must confide in personal possession whether it is to outlive in an more and more crowded marketplace for T20 cricket content material.
The BBL, which runs from December to early-February 2023, will conflict with South Africa’s new six-team T20 event beginning in January.
Indian Premier League (IPL) workforce homeowners purchased all six franchises within the South African league however the BBL’s eight groups are owned by governing physique Cricket Australia and run by state associations.
A brand new league within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), additionally backed by IPL cash, is scheduled to launch in January, setting the stage for intense battles for the world’s high gamers.
Khawaja stated the BBL confronted a “fork within the highway” over the following yr or two as competitors heats up.
“There’s plenty of cogs that make the choices however personally you shouldn’t be afraid of transferring the sport ahead even when that implies that you let go a bit of bit on the reins,” Khawaja informed reporters on Friday.
“There are different tournaments beginning up which are privatised.
“Should you don’t sustain with that, and there’s a small window for the Massive Bash to privatise within the subsequent few years, and I’m afraid if we don’t try this we’ll fall behind.”
A variety of high gamers have been nominated for the BBL’s inaugural draft, together with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and West Indian T20 stalwarts Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
However Khawaja stated others had been steering clear.
“I’ve talked to some they usually’ve not listed for the draft as a result of they wish to spend Christmas at house after which will go and play within the UAE,” he stated.
“That’s a pink flag for me already.”