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Privatising Big Bash League would be good for cricket, says Brad Haddin

Former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says privatising the Big Bash League would benefit Australian cricket.

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Australian Cricketers Association president Greg Dyer believes Cricket Australia should revisit the concept of privatisation and use the windfall to shore up the future of Test and first-class cricket.

Haddin said the BBL, which in its fifth season is enjoying record crowds and television audiences, was something people around the world wanted to be a part of.

"If we can get a couple of those Indian buyers interested in some of our franchises it can only benefit Australian ...
"If we can get a couple of those Indian buyers interested in some of our franchises it can only benefit Australian cricket": Haddin. Photo: Getty Images

"If we can get a couple of those Indian buyers interested in some of our franchises it can only benefit Australian cricket," Haddin told Sky Sports Radio.

"I think Cricket Australia have done a wonderful job in the course of the Big Bash to get it to this point and have a product that we can sell in the open market.

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"It will be interesting to see what happens with that because I think the Big Bash is only going from strength to strength."

Dyer said the value of the BBL had soared, meaning it was an opportune time to privatise the eight franchises.

"You effectively swap future revenues for a current capital inflow and you pick your moment when the value of that particular asset is at its maximum," Dyer told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

"I would encourage either a complete privatisation or a partial privatisation of the franchises.

"It potentially throws off a massive amount of capital ... I say that number can be invested back into the primary sport of cricket.

"You use it to develop the women's game, you use it to further develop the men's game from the grassroots up and you use a substantial portion of it to solidify Test and Sheffield Shield cricket, which is what your primary purpose should be.

"Big Bash and T20 will either be the death or saving of Test cricket and the longer forms."

Cricket Australia abandoned privatisation plans five years ago, sticking with the franchises being owned by the states.

CA commercial chief Mike McKenna said they were concerned private owners' objectives might be at odds with growing cricket.

"You can imagine having privatised teams and those owners, whether they have 49 per cent or more, want to take profit from that.

"You can imagine if you had wealthy owners with a stake in a competition who had different views, how that might compromise what you're doing to help protect international cricket."

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