Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Don't Bash a Good Thing to Death

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Don't Bash a Good Thing to Death

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THE Chronicle sport team looks at pressing issues in the world of sport every weekend with Saturday Soapbox.

Q: Should the Big Bash League season be lengthened given its popularity?

Ben Drewe: THE Big Bash has certainly taken off since its inception, especially this summer.

Record crowds and impressive television numbers are signs of the competition's popularity and with that comes thoughts on how to make the most of the wave of support.

But caution should be taken when considering expanding or extending the competition.

It has been great getting home and watching the Big Bash on TV each night, but the length of the competition is at a good mark.

Cricket every night can be too much of a good thing.

And part of the attraction of the Big Bash is when it is held.

It starts in the lead-up to Christmas and finishes close to the return of school.

That is a great time for families to get out to games.

But when school goes back and work returns to full swing, who will head out to a game that ends about 10pm on a school night?

The holiday period is a great time for the Big Bash and has no doubt contributed to its success.

Lengthening the season to cash in on its popularity would be a trap.

Glen McCullough: I AGREE with Drewey. Administrators need to be cautious about any plans they might have to tamper with the current Big Bash League format.

It's working a treat at present, but it is still early days.

Why get greedy by loading up the bandwagon and risk having the wheels fall off it.

There is no hurry. The competition is still enjoying a marvellous honeymoon period.

The BBL has grown enormously in popularity this season and might I say its credibility has gone up a notch or two along the way.

Parents and cricket traditionalists being dragged along to BBL matches by their converted children are now beginning to get into the swing of it. …

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