International cricket is killing the Big Bash

Dane Eldridge Columnist

By Dane Eldridge, Dane Eldridge is a Roar Expert

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    The Big Bash League has again been corrupted by meaningless hit-and-giggle. How much longer can the sanctity of domestic T20 cricket be ravaged by the international game?

    Questions must be asked after the competition was burgled blind of some its finest drawcards this week under the flimsy guise of national duty.

    With a host of household names and Billy Stanlake uprooted, a delicious season in its prime stages has been rendered a dilapidated farrago of old blokes, Test specialists and spotty cult heroes.


    And all for what? The hollow responsibility of fielding a team for Australia – or in Steve O’Keefe’s case, for nets and chill.

    How can the 20-over game – one of such rich tradition in this country – be continually treated with such disdain?

    Withdrawing box-office talent for the purpose of pimping-out a national side not only undermines the league’s credibility, it hinders form lines for gambling purposes.

    Such disrespect is a slap in the face for the league’s months and months of revered history. It is also a blatant flipping of the bird towards cricket’s libertarian movements of free agency and the West Indies model.

    However, despite many choosing to point fingers at greedy administrators and their scheduling, the players themselves are not blameless.

    Judging by their selfish abandonment of club duties for the self-indulgence of national service, it seems the lure of representing one’s country may have unfortunately eclipsed the prestige of the franchise snapback.

    With this power shift occurring, it is difficult to say where the Big Bash League will find itself in future.

    Based on this week’s events, it seems destined to be devalued to a glorified trial for Australian Test selection.

    Unfortunately for traditionalists, the lure of international cricket seems to be growing ever stronger.

    It is inevitable that it will continue to flex its muscles over T20 cricket in the same manner it has this week – as if it has the weight of history on its side.

    This is no more apparent than here in Australia, where a deep cultural hold and exorbitant riches are proving an unwanted distraction for youngsters who should be concentrating on the game’s traditional fundamentals, such as range hitting, slow bouncers and all-round general hot-dogging.

    Call me old fashioned, but the longer forms are holding the game back.

    Dane Eldridge
    Dane Eldridge

    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.

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    • January 12th 2017 @ 5:26am
      Chris Love said | January 12th 2017 @ 5:26am | ! Report


      I was shaking my head at some of the comments from posters lamenting having their stars pulled for Australian duties. Those same posters were probably shaking their heads at the farce that West Indies cricket has become. .

    • January 12th 2017 @ 5:59am
      Peter Z said | January 12th 2017 @ 5:59am | ! Report

      Love the perverse strain of irony in this one. Sort of fried my brain.

      Looking forward to Chris Lynn nurdling singles between overs 15 -40 on friday. It’ll be like watching an F1 driver getting round in a horse and buggy. The 50 over stuff won’t be a hindrance for too much longer. Indeed, reckon if channel 9 get the TV rights for the Big Bash, they’ll lobby the ACB to bump the ODI’s out of January. The sooner the better I say. 20 over cricket is the new limited over cricket. No need for the flawed 50 over stuff anymore.

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        January 12th 2017 @ 8:15am
        Alex Green said | January 12th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

        Was amusing hearing the 9 commentators talking up how test cricket is in great shape because 100K fans turned out over the 5 days at the SCG (apparently a record for Aus v Pak, at the SCG, in an El Nino season or something!), when 50K are turning up for a few hours of Big Bash. Will be very interesting to see the crowd numbers for the ODIs.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 8:49am
          Peter Z said | January 12th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          Well I hope T20 can co-exist with Test cricket. No one would be more devastated than me if Test cricket is a casualty of T20. ODI’s, however, can take a hike. T20 is clearly a superior form of limited over cricket. Yep, will be interesting to see the crowds for the ODI’s. They’ve been trending, correction, spiraling downwards ever since T20 took hold. And on country over club, I’m all for it, like most. But really, these ODI’s are little more than exhibition matches, so they are proving a nuisance. If we’re gonna have ODI’s during the BIg Bash going forward, find a way of giving them relevancy or move em on. Better still, get rid of them altogether. They stinking up the summer these days.

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            January 12th 2017 @ 9:10am
            Alex Green said | January 12th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

            Yeah for me tests are still the best, then T20. But I just can’t understand why they don’t slash ticket prices for tests to get bigger crowds in.

            • January 12th 2017 @ 10:35am
              GD66 said | January 12th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

              They have. This year you could get onto the grass bank at the WACA for $30, $23 concession. The catering on the other hand is horrendous. I went on day 3 of the Perth test and sat amongst a mob of South Africans, the ladies amongst whom were well up for a beer as it was a 37 deg day. The first one came back growling about the beer being “that 3.5% rubbish”, the next one came back complaining that four beers had cost just on $40, fair call. When I got there I bought a water and a solo, $11.
              Happy with the gate charge, but as always appalled at the catering.

            • January 12th 2017 @ 11:29am
              jameswm said | January 12th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

              The last day in Sydney was free – well, gold coin donation to the Jane McGrath charity.

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                January 12th 2017 @ 1:34pm
                Alex Green said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

                Sounds reasonable for the grass bank, at the SCG on any other day you’d be lucky to get much change from $100 for a decent seat.

          • January 12th 2017 @ 11:32am
            Basil said | January 12th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

            Totally disagree. I thought the 50 over World Cup was brilliant. ODI’s have a place – all they need is relevance.

            • January 12th 2017 @ 10:14pm
              ChrisB said | January 12th 2017 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

              And less frequency

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        January 12th 2017 @ 8:29am
        The Bush said | January 12th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

        I’d certainly clear up the scheduling issues if we only had two versions of cricket again. You could start the Shield earlier (as no Matador), no more strange secondments in RSA in October or New Zealand (whenever). Then after the tests you have BBL, with the internationals, then the international T20s. Then the FC players can go back to the final rounds of the Shield.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 9:10am
          Peter Z said | January 12th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

          Beautiful Bush. The ODI”s are causing clutter. Get rid of them, and as you illustrated, the whole season looks better balanced. Limited over cricket was only ever supposed to be an entry level drug, and now we have a better one. The focus should be what’s best for real cricket, TEST cricket. What would be best for Test cricket is to have only one form of limited over cricket.

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            January 12th 2017 @ 9:14am
            Alex Green said | January 12th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

            Yeah that would be ideal, crazy to have only one or two rounds of shield games as a form guide for home test selection. Unfortunately I think the BCCI stranglehold means ODI’s won’t be going away any time soon.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 10:59am
          Matthew H said | January 12th 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

          The domestic 50 over comp has been the real victim of T20 success. Was a favourite thing to do of mine, to attend the domestic 50 over game in the members dining room at Adelaide Oval. Can’t get that sort of intimate experience out of cricket anymore.

    • January 12th 2017 @ 7:05am
      Dom said | January 12th 2017 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      Very nicely done.

    • January 12th 2017 @ 8:02am
      Chris said | January 12th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      Well said. Its a fairly sad state of affairs really.

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      January 12th 2017 @ 8:04am
      Jake Rosengarten said | January 12th 2017 @ 8:04am | ! Report

      Brilliant. Accidentally misread “spotty cult heroes” as “Spotify cult heroes” and thought it was a nod to the infamous exploits of Moises Henriques!

      Steve O’Keefe and his nets and chill must be stopped. He’s breaking too many hearts.

      Hilarious piece!!

    • January 12th 2017 @ 9:54am
      Brad Jensen said | January 12th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Cant wait for the ODI’s, I enjoy test cricket, love the big bash, but ODI’s are my favourite, just need better scheduling, so not to interrupt the big bash. I believe long term T20 will only help grow ODI and tests, by introducing more people to cricket (it’s fun and even non cricket fans enjoy it and the atmosphere), an some but not all, will get the cricket fever an enjoy the longer formats of the game.

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