Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has spoken firmly in support of the now defunct Champions League T20. The multi lateral tournament, where top T20 franchises from across the globe competed, was terminated abruptly after facing losses in broadcasting. However, the former captain of the Sydney Sixers has said that its time to give the tournament another lease of life.
Haddin said that participating in the CLT20 was an added incentive for playing the BBL. “It’s disappointing that it’s not there,” Haddin said. “It’s a great tournament, and with the Sixers we are lucky that we have got a couple of really key Australian players who enjoy coming back for the tournament as well.”
“It’s a massive carrot; you can’t hide behind that fact, for state associations and Australian cricket as well. From a players’ point of view, and NSW Cricket and the Sixers, we’d like to see something go ahead. You can’t get past the fact it is an attractive tournament to play in. I hope they find something to replace it, because it’s a great carrot for not only international players but domestic players to get to play in a different country but also to play all around the world,” he added.
Speaking about his likely future as a freelance T20 player, Haddin said, “I’m pretty lucky I finished my Test career with no niggles and my body’s in good shape.” “It’s a great opportunity to go and play Twenty20, you only have to prepare for one form of the game, and if someone’s bowling really fast I can stand outside leg and have a swing and say I was trying to move the game forward and not be scared!