Cricket Australia today announced an exciting new initiative for the KFC T20 Big Bash League that will see all teams sign on two players on Community and Development Rookie Contracts.

The idea is part of a plan to provide opportunities to players from rural communities, indigenous backgrounds, low socio-economic areas, and non-English speaking backgrounds. Players will not be part of a BBL team’s 18-man squad, but they can be picked as a replacement for an injured player.

The initiative will be for players under 21 years of age who are eligible to represent Australia under ICC eligibility rules or are an Australian resident.