ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson has responded to questions regarding Cricket Australia’s media statements about the possible scheduling of Big Bash games on Christmas Day.
Nicholson praised the way players have championed innovation and the fan experience that have made the Big Bash such a huge success, but echoed concerns expressed regarding Christmas as one day for the players to spend with their family away from cricket.
“The evidence certainly supports the players' willingness to help grow the game, but we will need to further canvass the view of the player before this can be agreed," Nicholson said.
“Christmas day is important down time for players to spend with their family and friends. It is important that players, who spend much of their time travelling and playing the game they love, stay connected to their family and friends. Research tells us that this is important for player wellbeing.”
Nicholson also said that this proposal must be considered in the balancing the three formats of the game within the cricket calendar.
“Any discussion around playing on Christmas day must also be considered in the broader context of domestic scheduling," Nicholson said.
“This includes any expansion of the Big Bash or changes to Sheffield Shield and WNCL.
“The players continue to provide strong feedback on maintaining the strength and vitality of our domestic cricket competitions. We will continue to share those views with CA at our scheduling advisory group meetings.”