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Big Bash League general manager Alistair Dobson predicts competition to thrive despite complicated landscape

Big Bash League boss Alistair Dobson has predicted Perth will be at the forefront of a resurgent competition this summer, as the Twenty20 tournament seeks to shrug off two summers of COVID chaos.

Dobson has been in Perth for meetings with key partners, including Perth Scorchers and Optus Stadium, at a time the global game enters one of its most turbulent periods as the rise of T20 franchise leagues threatens to upend bilateral international cricket.

In response to direct competition from new leagues in the UAE and South Africa, Cricket Australia is understood to be on the cusp of announcing David Warner’s return to the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder. Warner is expected to play for the first time since 2013/14 under a special deal which could make him the competition’s highest paid player.

David Warner last played in the BBL in 2014.
Camera IconDavid Warner last played in the BBL in 2014. Credit: Matt King/Getty Images

The fate of fellow top-order blaster Chris Lynn remains uncertain, with the former Brisbane Heat batsman looming as an intriguing Australian test case.

Dobson said Lynn, who has been announced as an inaugural marquee player for the UAE’s ILT20 in January, had not requested a no objection certificate. It comes amid legal uncertainty over whether CA would be able to stop him anyway given he doesn’t hold any Australian contract.

The Scorchers have played just five out of 17 designated home BBL games, including finals, in Perth over the past two seasons due to border issues.

The reigning champions will return to Optus Stadium when they launch their campaign with a grand final rematch against Sydney Sixers on December 17.

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