Former Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum has suggested adding a New Zealand based team in the Big Bash League as he thinks that it will boost the popularity of the tournament. McCullum said that this is a good opportunity for Cricket Australia (CA) to prosper their T20 carnival by thinking out of the box.
"What an opportunity for the Big Bash if there’s a shortage of international cricket," McCullum told a news network. “If we’re being honest, the Big Bash has tailed off a little bit in its following of late and what a great opportunity to really launch that back into Australian sporting fans’ eyes and what a great opportunity to bring a New Zealand team in the BBL.", he said.
Moreover, McCullum also called for removing the tags of the International candidate from New Zealand’s players and treat them as local ones while formulating a team for the BBL.
"Perhaps you could even use New Zealand players as local players because there may be a distinct lack of overseas players who will want to travel, especially high-quality ones," McCullum said. The cricket is surely expected to see some creative changes once the pandemic subsides.