AB de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash League
AB de Villiers will not feature in the 2019-20 edition of the Big Bash league.
According to media reports coming from Australia, the South African superstar was earlier willing to participate in the BBL for a “limited stretch towards its concluding stages” but has now decided otherwise after the realization that both Cricket Australia and Big Bash League wanted maximum leverage his participation hence lifting the television ratings.
“Up to this point, CA, the clubs, and the broadcasters – Fox Sports and Seven – had appeared set to put together a package deal worth as much as 350,000 (AUD) to land De Villiers for a segment of the tournament, though there was a level of disquiet about how such a deal could be struck without an equitable system being in place for all clubs to secure big names,” the report said.
The news has emerged quite shockingly for Cricket Australia as they most recently allowed BBL clubs to sign up to six overseas cricketers instead of previous four to attract more foreign stars.
de Villiers could be the major attraction for clubs this year in absence of big guns of Australia who will be busy with international schedules.
“Something we’ve really been focusing on irrespective of the Australian team going to India, we’re buoyed by some conversations that some of the clubs are having and it’s been reported some of the big names potentially coming out,” CA’s head of events Anthony Everard said.
“The success of the BBL has always been predicated on a combination of marketable overseas players, some young up and coming stars and the foundation of the Australian domestic players,” he added.