Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins gives an update on what the exciting expansion of the Big Bash League means for both Hobart and Launceston.
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You are actually visiting Launceston today (Monday 30 April), is that Big Bash related?
Yes we are meeting with the Launceston Council to talk about the Big Bash for this season and also talking to some of the delegation who are organising the Greater Northern Team for the Cricket Tasmania Premier League for next summer.
Are you aiming for a five-two split for Hurricanes BBL Big Bash Home Games for next season between Hobart and Launceston?
Yes definitely. We will see how that meeting goes with the Launceston Council.
But as you know, that first game up in Launceston against the Sydney Thunder was a fantastic spectacle and we think the expansion to a full home and away season (from 10 to 14 games per club) provides the opportunity to have another home game in our northern market.
So ideally a ‘five-two’ home game split between Hobart – Launceston is probably our preference at this stage.
Are you going to push for any marquee Big Bash home games?
Yes we are. We are working with Cricket Australia at the moment about a marquee day which is something that we want to own regularly from now in perpetuity.
So yes we are, with more detail to follow about what that is.
But it will be something really special for Hobart – not on Christmas Day though.
Tell us more about the expanded home and away Big Bash season?
The fixture is still being worked on and changing all the time.
It’s going to start about the same time - although I think they could start it a few days earlier - but it will start around that 17th of December or thereabouts, and it will now go into about mid-February so that adds a few days on at the end.
The BBL07 Big Bash Final between the Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers was on Sunday 4 February this year.
But I think there will be a few more game starts maybe in the East Coast and then there’s one on the West Coast or similar, and maybe some more day games as well which aren’t great for TV in terms of numbers.
But certainly looking at the behaviour of crowds in Tasmania, or in Hobart particularly, people really come out in force and support those day games.
So that’s an interesting one for us. Do we want a million people watching us on TV but 12,000 in the stands OR 16,000 in the stands but 600,000 people watching us on TV?
I’m not quite sure what the solution is – it’s probably a mix, but I think as the fixture becomes more congested, they’ll need to have more multi-day games.
And now with Seven and Fox Sports broadcasting cricket, I think they’ve got a lot more flexibility to do that as well.
NB: The BBL08 Big Bash Fixture is scheduled to be released around mid-late July.