Crickets news | Adam Zampa opposes Christmas Day cricket for Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars skipper Adam Zampa has emplored the Big Bash League not to follow the National Basketball League in hosting Christmas Day contests.

On Sunday, the Sydney Kings faced Melbourne United at Sydney Olympic Park in what was a first for Australian professional sport.

It’s not an uncommon practice in the United States, with the NFL and NBA both hosting multiple matches on December 25.

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Bangladesh hosted India in a Test that began on December 22 and continued into Christmas Day – only the seventh time that Test cricket has done so.

Having attracted more than 7000 attendees and a 300,000-plus television audience, some have hailed the NBL match a success

However, the Australian spinner said it’s not something he wants the BBL to get behind.

“I don’t really want to play on Christmas Day,” said Zampa.

“Our schedules are hectic enough as is, particularly for the Stars. 

“Obviously the Boxing Day Test is on so we’re not in Melbourne, we’re away quite a bit this time of year.

“To add in a Christmas Day game would be out of the question.”

Perth-born and based Melbourne Stars player Marcus Stoinis made himself unavailable for the Boxing Day match, opting instead to stay with family.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was another to miss the Boxing Day encounter.

The pair are set to return to Zampa’s squad against the Perth Scorchers on Thursday.

The sheer volume of matches domestically and internationally for some players means Zampa is conscious of how demanding the schedule can be.

“I’ve taken Christmas Eve games off as well just because we do travel a lot,” he added.

“It’s a long 14-game season and you do want guys coming in feeling fresh and at their best. Sometimes it’s just not the case.

“If you’re travelling the world trying to see your family on the other side of the country and coming back four hours later to try to play a game, it is about managing bodies, particularly guys like ‘Coults’ and ‘Stoin’ who have had issues with their bodies.”

Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques questioned the effectiveness of the NBL match given he knew nothing of it.

He also argued that it wouldn’t just be the teams that had to turn up, but all the support staff such as broadcasters and stadium operators who would be required.

While stopping short of opposing the idea, he said it could be done in such a way that would benefit the competition by way of derby matches.

“I’d say if it is Christmas Day, I hope we use our brains and use Christmas Day as a local derby somewhere like a Melbourne-Melbourne game or the Sydney teams so that guys don’t have to be away from their families on a day like that,” he said.

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day matches are customary in the Big Bash League.

The Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers faced each other immediately after the conclusion of day one of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa.

The Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers also played each other in Perth.

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