Why a new IPL style T20 club cricket competition will give amateurs a chance?


I read a story from Courier news about a potential amateur T20 competition. 

And it does draw traits from its influence in the Indian Premier League.

It is not the first time I have seen this type of completion before worldwide. 

I did have a look at the Tamil Nadu Premier League before in India. They launched this completion in 2016. 

And they are run by their governing body or cricket association. 

Most players I see are between amateur to semi-professional. None of them are Ranji & Vijay Harare standard. They do graduate eventually to the IPL via merit.

The one happening in Brisbane, Australia is private run. That is why they model this from the IPL & adapt it to amateur level.

Now there will eight franchise teams in this state. So there is no Sydney or New South Wales only competition right now.

Investors are just starting off one locally in Brisbane. If that becomes a success, they will look at Sydney & Melbourne. Then expand go overseas such as the USA.

The good news is that there will be a separate seniors and juniors side.

I am not sure if Grade Cricketers can be eligible in this bracket. They do play regularly against the pros out there.

But anyone holds a BBL/State/Cricket Australia contact cannot play. It is all about giving amateurs an opportunity.

Anyone who can do well here could go on and play in the Big Bash League. 

It is something I covered earlier on with the Tamil Nadu PL. And these boys who played well here in India are now IPL stars.

It is even better news that players can be picked to a team via auctions. It is not new as the IPL does this every year.

The juniors can pick a team themselves via nominations. That is one advantage that seniors cannot possess.

And they will have a live streaming product online. It is a world first to see juniors realise their potential.

The competition will begin in August next year for Seniors. And September-October in the same year for the juniors.

So it will not distract too much with the official grade and domestic competitions.

I am in all ears for this proposed competition. Great to see investors made a new format to give amateurs a go.

I am also an amateur with 3-4 years experience playing club cricket. And I hope to play in this one a few years.

I am out at the moment with working to correct my physical traits. I may not be able to play at all this season. But a few games beforehand would be nice.

Playing for all three formats does not seem necessary these days. Just look at Chris Green playing everything T20.

You also got Tymal Mills playing there, who can produce 150-160 clicks. I am glad he is still there. He had to overcome a back injury years ago. 

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And he felt it is time to ditch red ball & 50-Over cricket. Just for the sake of managing his body.

23 is still young to me. That is where my age crosses right now.  

But I hope these investors will look to play this competition nationwide in Darwin. There is such thing playing cricket during the winter in Australia. So why not add another opportunity there long haul?

That is my feedback to these organisers to think about. I will look forward to watch this new amateur comp with interest.

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