McCullum wants NZ team in Big Bash League
Former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum is demanding for greater New Zealand involvement in the Big Bash League (BBL) if the coronavirus pandemic prevents other overseas players from playing under current situation.
McCullum believes that the introduction of a New Zealand franchise would boost interest, while another option would be to introduce Kiwi players as ‘locals’ in Australian teams.
Brendon McCullum have played eight seasons with the Brisbane Heat. He told in an interview with SEN Radio, creative thinking was needed to enliven a league that was already going to lose its greater appreciation.
“If there is a shortage of international cricket, what an opportunity for the Big Bash, which if we are being honest has probably just tailed off a little bit of late, to really morph that back into Australia sporting fans’ eyes,”
“And I think what a great opportunity to maybe bring a New Zealand team into the Big Bash or use New Zealand players as local players because there may be a distinct lack of overseas players.”
Although, the arrival of the Warriors NRL team in Tamworth, has opened the doors to other Kiwi sports stars and teams playing in Australia previously. But the summer schedule of both sides of the Tasman could diminish McCullum’s plans. Because international cricket hasn’t returned by that stage yet.
New Zealand Cricket’s T20 Super Smash previously collides with the BBL and the top Kiwi players has to go through confusion to support their own competition.
McCullum thinks that the sport’s authorities should find a way to make both leagues continue. “(It will need) a little bit of creative thinking. It may be just for one season but we have to prepare for the long-term if you are going to grow the game.”
On the basis of border restrictions, there could be a chance for trans-Tasman international action to resume this season of cricket. There are two ODIs to play from the curtailed Chappell-Hadlee series in March while three T20s that were to be played in New Zealand were also postponed.