Australian players present Cricket Australia with a proposal for a consecutive domestic cricket model. If this goes forward, it will result in BBL and WBBL doubleheaders and one day match returning after Sheffield Shield games.
The proposal to Cricket Australia contains a suggestion of reducing domestic cricket matches. However, there should be no cuts in women's games. This proposal comes as a huge blow to CA’s plans for cutting costs. This is because any changes in the domestic cricket schedule cannot go ahead without Australia's Cricketer’s Association agreeing together it.
This new tension between the players and the authority body is putting stakeholders into a dilemma. The idea was to slash the costs both inside the head office and the states. On top of that, CA Chief Kevin Roberts has said that India will most likely be touring Australia. This had added more suspicion.
ACA and CA have a meeting to discuss the reduction in domestic matches. ACA does not agree with this notion. The players are urging Cricket Australia to decentralize the high-performance programs. On the other hand, CA can put more focus on increasing competition among states which will lead to an increase in innovation. Finally, players have proposed to Cricket Australia that Marsh Cup matches take place after the Sheffield Shield games.
ACA Chief sent an email to the members stating that the alternatives proposed by the players to CA will help the state associations make savings. However, if the T20 leagues are played at the same schedule as last year, then a doubleheader return is not possible.