“Kids don’t get a lot of chances to play T20 so they’re watching Brisbane Heat on TV but the product that they’re getting at club level is completely different,” Fitzpatrick said.
“So, we’re just trying to bridge that gap and give kids a chance to play the brand of cricket that they’re watching on television.
“The other thing for us is at the moment is there isn’t a really a clear pathway for a player to play in the big bash.
“They’ve got to play two-day club cricket and impress on that.
“Most players get picked up in state squads and they’ve got to get picked in those four-day state squads.
“So, we’re just looking to create a clearer pathway for juniors to see how they can get to play for their big bash teams.”The seven other franchises in the BPL are the Northern Kings, Gold Coast Waveriders, Moreton Magic, Western Power, Bayside Pirates, Southern Storm and the Darling Dingoes. Fitzpatrick said the senior competition would be held over four weekends in August next year with the junior competition to be held over four days in the September school holidays.
“It’s not like a full season where they train every week,” he said.
“It’d be up to the individual franchises and their coaches whether they have one or two or three catch ups before the tournament.”He said franchises would host entire rounds and hoped the Marlins would have hosting rights at the Maroochydore Cricket Club fields. There will also be revenue raising opportunities to provide support back to clubs by leveraging the use of their grounds for APL games. The APL and BPL was formed on the back of the immense success of the National Premier League (NPL) in South Africa. Over 11 years the NPL competition has resulted in three successful leagues, 25 franchises and more than 2000 players participating.