Maxwell says confidence is the key. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
Maxwell says confidence is the key. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Maxwell wants big bucks for Big Bash big stars

Cricket Australia could be set for another war with its players if they try and force domestic cricketers to pay for a jacked-up Big Bash League salary cap.

Glenn Maxwell threw his support behind demands from television broadcasters for urgent financial incentives be given to lure superstar international deserters back to the BBL.

It came as Kevin Pietersen, arguably the BBL's biggest ever named slammed Cricket Australia for increasing the length of the season.

Powerful voices in the game are adamant the projected salary cap for next season of $1.75 million is grossly inadequate for a competition that has rapidly expanded to a 59-match season and been embarrassingly scooped by the Bangladesh Premier League for all the world's best talent.

However, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has already made the provocative claim that boosting the BBL salary cap would likely require trimming the salaries of "other forms of domestic cricket" - essentially meaning Sheffield Shield players could be asked to foot the bill for the likes of AB de Villiers and Andre Russell to light up the summer.

The players association is already furious that CA hastily expand the BBL against their advice and wouldn't cop a scenario where the governing body tried to mop up its own mess by robbing Peter to pay Paul.

CA privately ask why they would take advice from the ACA, who they initially opposed the BBL as a summer showpiece when the revolutionary tournament was first invented.

The BBL salary cap is tied to the wider 'player payment pool' allocated by last year's historic pay deal, which affects all domestic and international payments for Australian players.

However, broadcasters Seven and Fox Sports are privately asking why CA can't simply invest some of the extra $65-70 million they're making each year from the new $175m BBL TV rights deal directly back into the competition.


Maxwell knows the BBL needs financial support. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Maxwell knows the BBL needs financial support. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)


Maxwell is one of the kings of international T20 cricket and says the BBL's ability to lure big name overseas stars was under siege.

"I think when you're expanding the competition and making it 14 games (each), you've probably got to be expanding the salary cap a little bit more just to make sure you can get those signings in otherwise we are going to be competing," he told AAP.

"I think the Pakistan Super League, the Emirates league, could start to take our overseas players and the Bangladesh Premier League's obviously got Sandeep throughout the middle of our tournament.

"We don't want to be competing with these other T20 leagues, we want people to be choosing the Big Bash as their first priority.

"Whether that be increasing the salary cap, I'm not really sure, or just having a separate salary cap for the overseas players entirely."

Maxwell said the lengthened BBL season was a work in progress that deserved to be given time but argued that it's fair for there to be debate over whether it's too much.

Outgoing Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones has intimated on twitter that beefing up the BBL salary cap would as a result negatively impact on how much Cricket Australia was able to inject into Shield, one-day, WBBL, WNCL and grassroots cricket.

CA boss Roberts said last week he is open to a salary cap change but warned it would come at a cost.

"(The salary cap) is certainly something we'll keep an eye on over time," said Roberts on SEN.

"We need to be competitive absolutely in terms of player payments and make sure we really cement the position of the BBL in the top two domestic T20 leagues in the world. It's a challenging topic.

"If you're paying players more for one format then you need to reduce pay in another format typically. Would people want to see reduced pay for other forms of domestic cricket? I doubt it."


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