CA ‘strikes secret BBL deal with players’
CRICKET on Christmas Day could soon be a reality after players reportedly reached an agreement to play on the holiday.
Cricket Australia had been pushing for a Big Bash League match on Christmas Day for several years and has now struck a deal, The Australian reported on Friday.
It's understood part of the agreement allows players to excuse themselves from the BBL fixture on religious grounds or family commitments.
The publication reported that CA will also fly in and accommodate the families of players for a function, which it already does for the Test team playing on Boxing Day.
An e-mail from the Australian Cricketers Association - that was leaked to The Australian - reportedly revealed players have also won an increase in BBL payments for agreeing to play extra games.
One of the additional games this season will be a Sydney derby, held for the first time on Christmas Eve.
But players will receive no extra remuneration for playing on Christmas Day, according to the publication.
"As a reflection of our commitment to the partnership and revenue-share model with Cricket Australia, the ACA has agreed that if CA and the broadcasters deem it to be appropriate in the future, then CA has the ability to schedule a BBL local derby on Christmas Day," ACA's Tim Cruickshank reportedly told players in the leaked e-mail.
"This will be subject to some important provisions to maximise the time players spend with their families on Christmas Day."
The e-mail suggests the match would be either a Sydney or Melbourne derby, which CA must, under the agreement, attempt to schedule for 6pm, The Australian reported.