sport news BBL under SIEGE as UAE Twenty20 league targets up to 15 Australian players ... trends now
The under-threat Australian Big Bash League faces a crippling blow to its playing stock with a new UAE-based T20 cricket competition preparing to throw mountains of cash to poach Aussie players.
The inaugural UAE T20 League is set to be played in a window between January 6 and February 12 next year, in direct competition with the BBL.
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The Australian T20 league is already facing a player drain with the Bangladesh Premier League and a new franchise-based tournament in South Africa to be played at the same time over summer.
Cashed up teams - some owned by IPL franchises - could be able to offer Australian players up to $700,000 for the tournament, compared to the top payment in the BBL of about $200,000.
Top targets include David Warner - who remains unsigned by a BBL franchise - and big-hitting former international Chris Lynn who was dumped by the Brisbane Heat and remains unsigned by other BBL teams.
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Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Todd Greenberg is in the process of speaking