Bravo bashes ‘crazy’ BBL scheduling

Dwayne Bravo wants a truncated Big Bash schedule.
Dwayne Bravo wants a truncated Big Bash schedule.

DWAYNE Bravo wants Cricket Australia to tighten the Big Bash schedule with the West Indies megastar frustrated at the long breaks between Melbourne Renegades matches.

Bravo - who expects Ten10 cricket to take off after playing in last month's Dubai league - said it was "crazy" to spend nearly two months in Australia for a 10-game season.

The gun-for-hire spends about 30 days with his children each year, which are split between rare gaps in the global Twenty20 calendar.


The Renegades do not play this week and are in the midst of a 10-day gap between last Friday's derby loss to the Stars and next week's clash against Adelaide Strikers.

Keeper Tim Ludeman said they were given about five days off.

Some franchises are expecting CA to flood next season with even more games as the competition heads towards a full 14-match home-and-away season.

While next summer's make-up hasn't been confirmed, that scenario could drag the season beyond school holidays and into the middle of February.

But Bravo, 34, called for a more compact tournament.

"If I was to change anything it's too long," he told the Herald Sun.

"They have too many days in between games. Some teams will have nine or 10 days before they play a game.

"You're playing (10) games and staying six or seven weeks. That's crazy."

The BBL group stage is packed with 40 games across 40 days featuring six double-headers.

But there are now breaks in the fixture to avoid clashes with Australia's ODI series against England.

Bravo, a veteran of 371 Twenty20 matches, said the Big Bash was the world's toughest competition.

"It is the toughest team-wise, because all the teams are very strong," Bravo said.

"It's also one of the most well-organised tournaments. It's always well-attended and the fans are always in their colours whether you go to Sydney, Perth, Adelaide."

Bravo starred in the first T10 league, played over four days as a round-robin tournament.

Matches last just 90 minutes with teams posting scores of about 100-120 from 10 overs.

"In another five years T10 will be the new competition," Bravo said.

"Dubai was a success. I think it will take place again next year and then it'll get bigger.

"It's good fun - good for batting, but not for bowling two overs.

"T20 cricket is here to stay, but T10 is the new in thing."

Bravo captained the Renegades against the Stars but it set to be replaced by Brad Hodge against the Strikers.

Hodge, who was sacked as Strikers captain along with Ludeman after last season, missed the derby with a side strain.

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