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Cricket Australia CEO defends BBL length after “off year”


Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts has no intention of shortening the length of the BBL next season.

Last summer’s expanded competition generated much discussion, with fans questioning the decision to increase the number of games from 43 to 59.

The quality of pitches and the low-scoring nature of last year’s Big Bash was detrimental to the entertainment factor in an extended season, according to Roberts.

“The Big Bash is only being lengthened to match the length of the WBBL and to match the length of the IPL,” Roberts told SEN’s Whateley.

“But the big difference in the Big Bash this year, we only had about a quarter of our matches where both teams scored more than 150. In prior years, over half of our matches have seen both teams score more than 150.

“We know in the T20 format that fans want high-scoring games and they want close matches.

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“To me, that’s the critical factor – the quality of the pitches, the lack of high-scoring close matches – it was a little bit of an off year in that regard in the BBL.”

The Renegades defeated rivals the Stars by 13 runs in a memorable all-Melbourne derby final at Marvel Stadium in February.

Listen to Kevin Roberts’ chat on SEN’s Whateley with Gerard Whateley in the player below

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