An increase in international talent landing in the Big Bash and on-field playing innovations could be on the cards after the appointment of Trent Woodhill as the league’s new player acquisition and cricket consultant.
Woodhill, who has been batting a batting coach to David Warner among others, will quit his post as list manager at the Melbourne Stars, but stay on as the WBBL coach, while also providing input in to the BBL’s global player recruitment strategy.
A T20 innovator who played a key role in the formation of The Hundred in England, Woodhill has worked with Cricket NSW, New Zealand Cricket, and IPL teams the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He’s an advocate for things including scrapping the change of ends in T20 games, and not making batsmen field.
But he has also pushed for an increase in international players at each BBL franchise, and having as many as three in each team for each game.
In his new role, Woodhill will “act as a key point of connection between the League and BBL club coaches, list managers and state high performance teams”.
He will also contribute to the BBL’s regular review of playing conditions and innovations.
“The League’s determination to continue innovating during these difficult times fills me with confidence that KFC BBL|10 will be one of the best seasons yet,” Woodhill said.
After accepting a consultant role with Cricket Australia, Trent Woodhill will step down from his role as List Manager at the club but will continue as Head Coach of the WBBL team.#TeamGreen
BBL boss Alistair Dobson said Woodhill’s expertise would prove invaluable in the build up to the BBL.
“Trent is a highly-respected figure in both Australian cricket and across the world,” Dobson said. “We see him as an important contributor to the League’s ongoing focus on innovation in and around the game.
“Despite the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 situation, we are committed to bringing the best available T20 players to Australia for KFC BBL|10.
“Similarly, our commitment to innovation, a core part of the BBL DNA, has only been strengthened. We see Trent as a key driver of this fan-first agenda.”
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