Cricket Australia to plan Big Bash window
With the on going success of this years KFC Big Bash Cricket Australia (CA) are looking to make a window for next years event in order to allow Australia's international cricketers to take part.
The first week of this years Big Bash as seen a 37% increase in television ratings on Fox Sports and fans have packed grounds around the country to watch some of the worlds biggest stars.
CA chief executive James Sutherland has been pleased with the success of this years Big Bash and he feels the event now warrants its own space in Australia's cricketing calendar.
"The KFC Big Bash season launch this week resulted in big crowds in Brisbane, Perth and Hobart and the Twenty20 cricket on Fox Sports was the week’s most popular subscription TV viewing” said Sutherland.
"The inclusion of overseas stars such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Shahid Afridi is making this season’s contest a Bigger Bash, so to speak, and performances by increasingly high profile state players such as Dave Warner, Stephen Smith and Tim Paine this week are also helping the turnstiles click faster".
"Our long term planning has a way to go but I could see the time come when the KFC Big Bash has its own summer time window so that we can bolster it even further by having our Test and ODI players available for interstate Twenty20 duties".