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Cricket news - Mel Jones calls for WBBL window to ensure overseas participation

Several top stars are missing from action in the ongoing edition of WBBL due to national commitments

There will be a difference in the make-up of Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades - Women's Big Bash League final hopefuls - should they qualify for the play-offs. Both teams are set to lose two of their three marquee international players to national commitments. The fifth season of the WBBL moved a notch forward in reinforcing its stature as one of the leading T20 tournaments in the world after having a standalone season this year, concluding just before the men's BBL begins. However, with teams set to lose their vital overseas stock just ahead of the play-offs, has Cricket Australia's recently-appointed board member, Mel Jones, calling for boards to work together to create a designated window in the international calendar for the WBBL to ensure the availability of overseas players for the duration of the tournament.

"You create heroes and a game plan and all of these things with a certain set of players, and then you lose them for finals, that's pretty tough," Jones told cricket.com.au on Tuesday (November 26). "At the end of the day it's down to the boards to plan ahead and make sure they're supporting their players to earn more money and develop their games."

While the Scorchers will lose star internationals Amy Jones and Nat Sciver, Renegades will lose Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont, should the two advance, given England's upcoming tour of Pakistan that will be played in Malaysia from December 9. In addition, Indian players - who have been top-performing stars in the previous editions - didn't feature in the WBBL this season, while Stafanie Taylor played just two games for the Strikers due to India's series in the West Indies. And further, given the stipulation of the players having to feature in at least one regular-season game to qualify for the final, leaves Scorchers with just Irish pacer Kim Garth as their only international.

The aforementioned tournaments, however, were announced only weeks ago, with fixtures for the Pakistan-England announced on November 13, while India's tour was announced in September. The scheduling of bilateral tours comes down to individual boards, and Jones hopes that working together to have designated windows whilst scheduling tours could ensure players get the opportunity and exposure they need by participating in T20 leagues around the world.

"We need to find a way for the national bodies to work together and plan the international calendar out in advance a little bit more, so players know where they're going to be 24 months in advance," Jones said. "I think (at the moment) some of the other nations probably aren't thinking outside of getting their national teams playing more, so then they don't think about what else could be impacted (by their scheduling).

"Hopefully this can be an awareness campaign to say this is where world cricket is at, and we'd love to have players from Bangladesh and Pakistan play more and more in WBBL, but for that to happen we need to clear these windows."

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