Cricket Australia moves to boost Big Bash’s star appeal amid new competition

Haris Rauf of Pakistan and Chris Jordan of England in action at Optus Stadium in Perth. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia has overhauled the overseas player recruitment model for the Big Bash League (BBL) amid competition from new franchise leagues and murmurings of discontent from domestic rights-holders.

The new model, designed to increase the T20 competition’s pulling power, will see franchises take turns to select overseas personnel through a draft. Cricket Australia has also increased the maximum salaries for overseas players and will allow players to make themselves available for only part of the competition.

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