Australian batter Usman Khawaja has backed the idea of privatizing the Big Bash League to reap the benefits.

Australian batter Usman Khawaja has backed the idea of privatizing the Big Bash League to reap the benefits. He also urged Cricket Australia (CA) for private ownership to compete with other T20 leagues worldwide. 

Several Australian cricketers, including Brett Lee, have backed the idea of privatizing the league. Khawaja is the latest player to opine on the matter. 

He feels the tournament must be privatized since the BBL is a great product. He further claimed the move to be the next evolution.

“If the BBL wants to grow, we need to consider privatizing it. The BBL has been set up as a good tournament for a long time, but I genuinely think that’s the next evolution is much needed.”

New South Wales and Queensland have been vocal about the same. However, the CA has shied away from addressing the matter as they feel privatizing the league will make the franchises less willing to invest in young talents.

Although, with IPL owners interested in investing in privatized leagues of the Caribbean and South Africa, Khawaja revealed that he had a chat with the CA boss Nick Hockley about the same, and he seemed to be on the same page.

He revealed, “And I’ve had chats with Nick Hockley about this – I chatted to him about it two weeks ago – and I think he’s on a very similar page. At some stage, CA’s got to let go of the reins a little bit.”

A few days ago, the CA announced the new draft system to lure the global T20I stars to play in the BBL. However, Khawaja feels that privatizing it is the only way.

He concluded, “If that means doing it over a five-year plan, the balls got to start rolling sooner rather than later. Because if we’re not careful, we’ll be left behind, and you don’t want to do that because the BBL is a great product.”

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