Warne accuses Cricket Australia of greed

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Legendary former Australia leg spinner Shane Warne has accused Cricket Australia of greed after they decided to expand the Big Bash League next summer.

Cricket Australia have added eight fixtures to the schedule taking the total number of matches to 43.

The extra matches will take place in the playoff or finals sequence with four new venues being added to the programme.

Warne made full use of Twitter’s expanded character count to voice his displeasure towards Cricket Australia on Saturday.

Australian Cricketer’s Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson voiced concerns about expanding the Big Bash in February.

Nicholson said: “The players love playing Big Bash cricket, and it’s great for the sport.

“It’s one of the best examples of the partnership between CA and the players working well, and highlights how the players have driven innovation and the growth of cricket.

“Our feedback from the players is moving from the current 10-round season to an expanded competition must consider the potential impact on other aspects of the schedule.

“One format of the game shouldn’t compromise another is a clear message from the players. And the 2018/19 summer is going to be a tough schedule to balance. But, with both a 50-over World Cup and an away Ashes series in mid-2019, it is vital all formats are taken in to consideration.”