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The Brisbane Premier League (BPL) is a franchise-driven T20 club cricket tournament for juniors through to senior cricketers, where the best compete against the best in an event model based on the IPL.
With team owners such as Ian Healy & Mark Nicholas already secured, the BPL will provide an independent, privatised competition giving you an opportunity to showcase your skills against quality opposition. 8 franchises will make up the BPL for the inaugural 2021 season.
After the official launch of the BPL, any of Brisbane’s cricketers, aged 18 or over, can put their hat into the ring – regardless of age, previous performance, or the area in which they live or play club cricket. After the nomination closing date, each of the owners will receive a list of those who have nominated for the auction. Then the magic happens. On auction night, each team will have a salary cap. Of course, it’s “monopoly money” – like a fantasy football auction on steroids – to which they must stick to, whatever the outcome. Therefore, owners must beware of maxing out too soon: misjudge the money and they may be mismanaging the team. Equally, with some smart planning (and a bit of luck) they might sneak the steal of the night – a relatively unknown country player for example – and find themselves with a bargain that turns into brilliance. That’s the beauty of an auction and tournament that is for everyone; if you’re in it, you can win it!
For the players, it's all about bragging rights. Who is going to fetch the highest bid? Will you go for more than your mate? There's only one way to find out...
Players who may have previously missed out on a pathway, or indeed those late bloomers, can use this tournament as their platform to compete on an exciting stage that goes a long way to replicating the professional T20 leagues from around the world.
Intelligent, opportunistic, pack hunter
Inject fear into your opposition
Weave your way out of any situation
Powerful leader wanting to leave a long lasting legacy
Ruthless and destroy everything in your path
Fight for hours without giving in
Fearless, cool, calm and collected
Entertainer who brings energy and spark
WHO'S BEHIND THE BRISBANE PREMIER LEAGUE?
Nick has worked professionally in cricket for his whole working life. First, in Game Development at Queensland Cricket before Co-Founding the Australian Cricket Institute 4 years ago. Nick has since led Sales & Marketing to help grow the Australian Cricket Institute from 80 cricketers at inception to over 2541 players through their programs last season.
One of the Co Founders of the Australian Cricket Institute. Joel has now transitioned from playing semi professional cricket into a career of building business. Having created the Australian Cricket Institute from merely a concept on paper, Joel had since found the gap in the market and developed the Australian Cricket Institute into the largest private coaching organisation in the country.
Ian Healy is a legend of Queensland. A Former Queensland Bulls player and captain,Australian player from 1988 - 99. Ian is a Queensland Cricket Board Member, ClubSponsor of the Norths District Cricket Club and Patron Chairman of former Queensland. Players entity, the Bulls Masters.
Awarded the Norman Martin prize for Pharmacy Administration and Planning in 1991, Stuart has always had a keen interest in the business side of healthcare.
As Co-Founder and Chairman of Icon Group Stuart played a critical role in guiding the growth and vision of the group both locally and abroad and continues to play a leading role in Arc31’s other healthcare investments.
Ziyaad Desai is a former first class cricketer turned businessman. He is the founder and CEO of the NPL. Ziyaad founded the NPL in Johannesburg twelve years ago, during a time when club cricket was struggling to remain relevant. His vision for the future of cricket came down to three clear ideas: commit to the concept that quality and opportunity matters; embrace the future of the modern game; and think bigger - think global and to turn the NPL into a brand which appeals to all cricketers both locally and internationally.
Francois is a lawyer qualified in the UK, South Africa and Australia.His principle business has been property development and he has consulted on projects with South Africa’s largest companies, generating over $100 Million AUD in property sales. Francois also worked in Sydney for 6 years for Empire Securities Group where he specialised in capital raising and developed a strong business network.
Mark Nicholas captained Hampshire for 12 years and England A in eleven unofficial Test matches. He began in journalism as sports featured writer for the Daily Telegraph in London before moving to Cricinfo. He is best known, however, as a broadcaster working first for Sky in the UK, both Channel 4 and Channel 5, and, of course, Channel Nine in Australia. He won 2 BAFTA’s with Channel 4 and has been twice named as The Royal Television Society’s Sport’s Presenter of the Year. His first book “A Beautiful Game” won there literary awards and his second, “No Spin” - the Shane Warne autobiography - received great acclaim. Mark founded the charity “Chance to Shine” which has been successful in bringing cricket back into state schools in the UK.
Cathie has always believed in the role digital solutions have to play in the delivery of exceptional healthcare, and this focus has driven not only her activity at Icon and Epic but sits behind many of the Arc31 investments.
In addition to her role at Arc31 she is the Chair of AUCloud and a Director of the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules Football Club.
Cathie is also keenly awaiting her flight to space as one of Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, and documents that journey at her website.