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Cricket Australia: Big Bash introduces multi-year contract option for overseas players

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The Big Bash League has introduced a new contracting mechanism, continuing to ensure the Big Bash attracts the best possible players from around the world, alongside local and emerging stars of the game. 

Under the new rules, Clubs can now sign one international player prior to the Big Bash Draft, for up to three years. For contracts beyond WBBL10 and BBL14, the player must also have full availability, including finals, for those subsequent seasons.  

Clubs can pre-sign international players at one of the existing salary bands or at a negotiated price above Platinum. Clubs are still required to draft a minimum of two players in the Overseas Player Draft regardless of whether they have pre-signed a player or not. As the signing will take place outside of the Draft, the retention rules do not apply.  

The introduction of this new contracting mechanism underscores the League’s commitment to attracting top international talent and ensuring their sustained participation in the Big Bash. 

Alistair Dobson, General Manager, Big Bash Leagues, said: 

“We are excited to introduce this new contracting mechanism for the upcoming WBBL and BBL seasons. We have worked closely with Clubs and the ACA to continue developing and enhancing the Big Bash, and a key focus has been ensuring the best players continue to compete in the Big Bash, and for longer periods. 

“The opportunity for international players to ink multi-year deals with teams not only strengthens the League’s global appeal but also provides Clubs with greater stability and strategic planning capabilities.” 

The new rule comes into immediate effect, with the KFC BBL|14 contracting window officially opening today.  

In line with previous years, the contract period will commence with a retention and trade week, affording Clubs the opportunity to secure key players in their side and negotiate trades. In a new move for the competition, Clubs are also able to sign any player holding a Cricket Australia contract during the retention week, even if they have not previously played for the team.  

Following the retention week the full contracting period, including the opportunity to sign one international player, will commence on Tuesday, April 9.  

The Weber WBBL|10 contracting window is set to open in the coming weeks, with further announcements to be made in due course.

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