Big Bash League 2019

Big Bash League (BBL) has introduced a contracting rule change allowing the clubs to sign up to six overseas players across a season.

Previously, BBL clubs could hand contracts to up to four overseas players during the course of a season which has now been extended to six.

The change however won’t affect the current ruling of fielding two foreign cricketers in the playing XI and in the 18-man roster.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Fan Engagement Anthony Everard said the decision has been taken after taking consultation from all the stakeholders including feedback from fans.

“At the conclusion of each season we take the time to review what’s working well and where we can make positive changes to the game and the fan experience,” Everard said on BBL’s official website.

“We’ve considered feedback from our fans and worked with relevant stakeholders of the game to implement changes that will continue to improve the competition in 2019/20. The ACA, BBL clubs and our broadcast partners have been an integral part of that, leading to the introduction of each club being allowed to contract up to six overseas players in BBL|09.”

He added, “The maximum number of overseas players permitted in a club’s squad will remain at two, but there is now increased flexibility to contract up to six players throughout the season and rotate them in and out as required. It’s a fantastic result for the competition, with clubs given a better chance at securing international players on a short-term basis to fit into an increasingly competitive global cricketing calendar.”