PTI | Up to date: September 24, 2018, 12:59 PM IST

We Have Learned Many Things From IPL, Says BBL Head Kim McConnie


Melbourne: Indian Premier League (IPL) is the world’s finest home competitors and Huge Bash League (BBL) head Kim McConnie hopes it is going to proceed to cleared the path and supply a roadmap for different leagues on this planet.”Hats off to IPL. It’s by far the perfect home competitors on this planet,” McConnie advised PTI at Melbourne Cricket Floor. “We regularly say that BBL is getting used as a launch pad the place cricketers around the globe can showcase their expertise and hopefully put them into a superb place for the IPL.”

With a agency deal with rising the Ladies’s League, Huge Bash final yr appointed McConnie as its head. She joined Cricket Australia from PepsiCo, the place she was Head of Sports activities Advertising and marketing on the firm’s world headquarters in New York.

“IPL has proven the roadmap for the opposite leagues on this planet. We pay nice consideration to the IPL and spot what they’re doing particularly from the expertise perspective. It would proceed to cleared the path in lots of components,” McConnie mentioned.

“We learnt from the IPL many issues like fan engagement. Lot of our gamers come again with a number of nice tales from IPL. We’ve got borrowed from IPL the idea of merging sports activities with leisure and now BBL is like household leisure the place entire household come and sit collectively to look at matches.”

Requested how tough it’s to maintain the league clear from menaces like fixing, McConnie mentioned: “CA’s integrity workforce is doing nice work. We stand by our clear file. Most necessary is that our gamers and coaches take it critically and can proceed to take action.”

She is kind of pleased with the success graph of BBL and the best way ladies Cricket is gaining recognition via WBBL.

“We’re shifting into eighth yr of BBL and have proven speedy development. We are actually in a position to fill stadium like MCG with 60-70 thousand individuals coming to look at BBL video games,” McConnie mentioned. “Gamers like Ricky Ponting are speaking about it and it’s now seen on the worldwide scale as a dynamic home league.

“WBBL is into the fourth season and it’s the finest ladies’s league around the globe. We’re very proud that a few of Indian feminine gamers are additionally part of it. It is rather dynamic and gaining a number of curiosity and I’m certain it is going to cleared the path for others.”

BBL is touching new grounds this yr with a rise in variety of venues and matches.

“This season is full house and away and we’re having 16 further video games. It will lead BBL to new locations, new markets and new followers. BBL matches will likely be held in Gold Coast, Geelong, Canberra, Alex Springs for the primary time,” McConnie mentioned.

Different sports activities like Soccer is offering a number of competitors to cricket leagues however McConnie mentioned they’re prepared to simply accept the challenges.

“Leagues like BBL and IPL are essential for the sport of cricket. Our intention is to encourage the subsequent technology to select up cricket bat could also be within the yard, whether or not in our formal participation programme or seashore Cricket,” she mentioned.

“We’ve got 1.5 million children enjoying cricket and one third of them are ladies. The expansion is phenomenal. We’re making it certain that each one the youngsters throughout Australia have the power to play cricket the place and when they need.”

First Revealed: September 24, 2018, 12:59 PM IST


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