Players support expanded BBL finals

25 Jul 2019

Behrendorff

Players have welcomed the new five-game, five-team finals system, and shortened competition period, after the Big Bash League schedule was announced today.

Together for the 2019 ACA Delegates Conference in Melbourne this week, players celebrated the move, hailing the new season structure as a fairer and more exciting finals model for players and fans.

Perth Scorchers and Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff supported the changes on behalf of the playing group.

"The BBL is such a spectacle, and to be able to make it as good as we possibly can is really important," Behrendorff said.

"[Last season] felt like the competition went for a little bit too long...so shortening the whole time of the tournament down is going to be really important.

"To bring it back down and condense the games, to keep all the action in a shorter time frame, will be excellent."

"Fans are going to love that."

Behrendorff praised the new finals structure as a fairer model for teams who finish higher after the regular season.

"[The new finals structure] will give the guys who finish on top potentially a bit of advantage, which is what you want to see.

"You work hard through the round games to get on top and give yourself an advantage going into the finals.

"I am looking forward to the change," Behrendorff concluded.

ACA General Manager Cricket Operations and Player Relations Brendan Drew said he was pleased that players concerns were heard regarding the BBL.

"What Cricket Australia has achieved with their BBL Schedule hopefully continues the popularity of the league for players and fans," Drew said.

"While baring in mind the turn-around times between matches, we are pleased that the competition is almost two weeks shorter."

"Additionally, the finals structure now better rewards the best performing teams throughout the season, after listening to player feedback on this issue.

"Thanks to Cricket Australia for considering the ACA's input to the scheduling process," Drew concluded.