The dust has well and truly settled on Big Bash Season 2, so it’s time to reflect on what went right, what went wrong and would should happen in the future.
Lighting up the bails & stumps
Flashing stumps and bails when the stumps were broken was a great innovation for spectators at the ground to more clearly see run outs and stumpings and even if a player was bowled. Next year perhaps a device could be fitted to the stumps so that when they are hit a sub woofer excursion test style low “Boom” would be played across the PA hurting people’s ears and agitating their bowels – now that’s BBL cricket.
It was a brilliant idea to put cameras on the umpire’s hats and the batsmen’s helmets. Next year I would like to see boot cam – a camera in the toe of a fast bowler’s boot so you can see just how hard they pound through the crease. Fox-coptor, a camera on a remote controlled helicopter, I can take or leave.
Sunday double headers
The Sunday twilight/Sunday evening double that occurred twice during the BBL season was a winner in my book. Six hours of cricket to while away a Sunday is great but 9 hours would be even better. Let’s see some Sunday triple headers: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm – back to back to back.
Eight losses, no wins. No good players and the star signing, Chris Gayle, looked completely disinterested. Forgot to extend Luke Butterworth’s contract and crap crowds to boot.
Move the Thunder, at least partly, to Canberra – Manuka Oval now has lights and wants to host Big Bash games.
Behaved like a dill. Bowled crap too. Time to retire.
Running the BBL from December 7 to January 19 was a bad idea. The crowds pre Christmas were very disappointing and the home and away season finished far too early in the school holiday period, January 13.
What they should do
In 2013/14 start the BBL season on Friday December 20th between the 3rd and 4th Ashes Tests. The home and away season would then run for 5 weeks through to through to January 23 or 24. The semi finals would be on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 and then the final on Saturday February 1.
After the Sydney Test give all the national team a break for a few weeks and start the 5 game one day series on Australia Day followed by the 3 T20 internationals.
The benefits would be
– more BBL games post Christmas which should lead to better crowds.
– more ‘red ball’ cricket for domestic cricketers during the Ashes – Shield cricket would continue up until the start of the 3rd Ashes test.
– opportunity for the national team players to play the Big Bash in January (if the informed player management allows).
– With a break of 19 days between the Sydney Test and the first ODI, Australia wouldn’t have to rotate/informed player manage its players and should be able to field its strongest possible line up in the ODIs
Keep the current finals format of knock out semi finals. Complaints about the finals structure (ie Renegades finishing on top and then missing out on the CLT20 by losing their semi final) are weak – harden up, win the cut throat games and there will be no issues.