Cutbacks plan riles players
PLAYERS have accused Cricket Australia of confusing the cost and value of its assets in reaction to news the administration is considering reducing the number of Sheffield Shield and Women’s Big Bash games this season.
The Australian Cricketers Association has rejected claims by Cricket Australia that the game is in financial strife, telling members cricket is in a healthy state compared to winter sports and rejecting calls for pre-emptive pay cuts.
Cost-cutting at state and national level has triggered debate about what is important to the game.
On Wednesday, plans were revealed to cut the Sheffield Shield back to eight rounds and drop the final, with similar designs to cut back the WBBL and/or the women’s domestic one day competition, the WNCL.
Test opener Joe Burns said he was a fan of the 10-round Shield competition.
“I love the fact we’ve got a really strong first-class system, that there’s 10 games to play everyone twice ... it leads to world-class players coming into the Test team,” Burns said.
Former women’s star Lisa Sthalekar slammed the move to reduce the WBBL season, saying that women’s cricket was on a high after the T20 World Cup and would be the first thing the public saw this summer.