Cricket Australia are considering launching a women’s Big Bash League to cash in on the phenomenal success of the men’s domestic Twenty20 showpiece this summer.
The BBL has captured stunning TV ratings figures in its first season on free-to-air TV on Channel Ten and as the women’s game continues to rise in popularity CA are keen to take advantage.
Former women’s Test captain and Head of Brisbane’s Centre of Excellence, Belinda Clark revealed on Sunday the planning for a women’s BBL is in its early stages but it could become a reality very soon.
“That’s all being looked into, the game always moves forward so there is a whole range of opportunities being explored for women’s cricket into the future,” Clark said after being announced as the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Interest in the women’s game has increased exponentially in recent years, with the recent Ashes clash against England a case in point.
The women’s T20 internationals this summer will again be played before the men’s fixtures at the same venues next month and Clark said that might be a model adopted by the BBL.
“They could be … there are a whole range of things that need to be explored,” she said.
“There are two elements to this, one is the playing element, getting the players to play more cricket and the other is the promotion element.
“So those two go hand in hand particularly with the way we are trying to promote the women’s game.”