Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee called for more private investment in the Big Bash League [BBL] to take it to the next level and attract the marquee tent to overseas cricketers from around the world.
Unlike the Indian Premier League, which is based on the privately owned franchise model, the BBL is completely one by Cricket Australia.
Lee believes that while Cricket Australia can still name the chance by having a stake of more than 50 per cent, it is high time that the extra money was pumped by private investors into the BBL to attract the best of the best overseas players.
The former speedster set the example of the legendary Virat Kohli.
‘You can have co-ownership and Cricket Australia can retain 51% and still control things, but with the extra funding, I think, you can get some high profile stars to come out. I’m talking about the Virat Kohli’s. Imagine playing Kohli for the Sixers and the crowds you will get. I’m really impressed with the Big Bash. They did an excellent job. But to reach the next level is what you will have to do, ”Brett Lee told The Courier-Mail.
Cricket Australia is currently preparing an overseas draft for next season.
And Lee believes it’s a step in the right direction, as Australia and the BBL have earned the right to host the world’s best players.
‘The concept is a good idea and I would like to see the best of the best come to Australia. We deserved that right. You need those big overseas players. “The IPL has done well with only four overseas players, so you can see that the best of reality really helps to mix with top overseas players,” said Lee.
The upcoming BBL season will start on 5 December, with three-time winner Sydney Sixers closing the Melbourne Stars’ horns.