Byline: BEN HORNE
CRICKET: The Big Bash is about to lose its big bang and Australia's Test stars face the prospect of being booted out of business class, as part of cricket's new dollar-conscious world.
Fireworks at Twenty20 games are set to be scrapped as one immediate saving, but Cricket Australia will unashamedly run the microscope over all avenues of the business having already stood down 80 per cent of staff.
Cricket is bracing for a debate over whether flying at the pointy end of the plane is a tactical move or a luxury it can no longer afford.
Australia's cricket stars fly business for all overseas tours, but the extra leg room afforded to big, fast bowlers is one custom that could be sacrificed as head office explores all options for making drastic cost cuts.
Cattle class might be out of the question, but bean counters may raise the prospect of whether premium economy might be an adequate compromise between the excessive cost and the high performance benefits of keeping athletes as fresh and unrestricted as possible on long-haul flights, before they're expected to go into battle.
Cricket Australia made the stunning claim it would run out of money by August unless extreme action was taken to address the organisation's financial situation, and although stakeholders were split over whether that was an unavoidable truth or an over-reaction, the question now is, what will the game actually look like post COVID-19? Selectors will announce the Cricket Australia contract list on Thursday. Yet in a marked change from tradition, players may not be told what their deals are worth until closer to the end of the...