Cricket Australia (CA) has revolutionized the Player Contracts scheme at the KFC BBL 2023. The all-new Marquee concept has been introduced which is a magnificent uplift in the Player Payments that will benefit both, the domestic players as well as the Centrally-Contracted International players from the country.
The newly introduced concept will be applicable from the 13th edition of the BBL that will take place in December 2023. According to the newly unveiled rules by the CA, all the franchises in BBL can sign individuals outside their Salary Cap. Apart from that, the players can also sign with the franchises on a Marquee Supplementary List if they are not available to play due to international commitments.
Heavyweight Australian International cricketers such as Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Marsh will largely benefit from the newly improvised rules. The centrally-contracted players could now sign with BBL franchises even if they will not be available due to international commitments as it will form a part of sweeping changes in player contracting. The new rule will allow pacers such as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins to sign deals with clubs & appear in marketing material as well who were traditionally sitting out of BBL to manage their workloads.
Here are some historic amendments made by Cricket Australia for the upcoming BBL 2023
- All the eight BBL franchises can sign up to two centrally-contracted players with limited availability who will form a part of the Marquee Supplementary List. They will be brought in at the side’s discretion.
- The Payment Pool for all franchises has been increased from $1.9 Million to $3 Million.
- Each franchise must now have a minimum of six players who are paid $200,000 as a part of their contract. They will be regarded as Marquee Players.
- The Overseas Player Draft has also stormed back. All the players above the Silver Selection will be regarded as Marquee Players from BBL 2023
- A significant hike has been announced in three of the four bands of contracts for overseas players. Platinum Band ($420,000) is up by 23.5%, Gold Band ($300,000) is up by 15% whereas the Silver Band ($200,000) cricketers’ base price is up by 14%
Cricket Australia hopes that the changes will allow top players to sign deals in BBL even if their availability is doubtful. On the other hand, it will provide an opportunity for clubs to not have roster spots filled by unavailable players who are slated to participate in Tests in the month of January.
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