Cricket Australia to launch new t20 tournament
Cricket Australia has announced its plans to expand next years KFC Big Bash with the creation of a new franchise based city tournament which will replace the current State format.
The new franchises will be based in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and in a further two unnamed cities replacing the traditional state teams including Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The new tournament was launched by Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland who denied the new competition would be a rival to the Indian Premier League.
"I don't think we see ourselves as a competitor to the IPL and certainly the revenues that the Cricket Australia Big Bash League can generate," said Sutherland
"In a small market such as Australia it's not going to be the same as the Indian Premier league. But at the same time this league is on the international stage and the teams that play off in the finals will qualify for the Champions League," he added.
"The board has considered the position of private investment into these teams and taken a view that the board is amenable to that situation. It will, over the coming months, consider the terms under which that private investment may take place but the board is certainly open to that."
Despite the announcement of the location of six of the new franchises Sutherland wouldn’t be drawn into reviling the location of the finals two teams.
"I'd prefer not to go into the specific detail of where we are looking at. We will go through a process of seeking expressions of interest over the coming weeks and we're very interested in talking to people around the country who think it might be appropriate that a team be placed in a certain region."