NEWS: Coach Tiffen Backs New Zealand WBBL Franchise Plan

New Zealand coach Haidee Tiffen has said she concurs with plans to include a New Zealand based franchise in the WBBL.

The suggestion of adding a New Zealand-based team to the Men’s BBL was mooted by former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori back in December [here] with BBL Chief Exec Mike McKenna promising “we’ll look at it”.

The logical corollary of that would be an aligned WBBL franchise, and in an interview with the New Zealand Herald [here] Tiffen has said she is supportive of this idea.

There are obviously a lot of questions raised by this – not least, a franchise which was basically just the White Ferns in a different uniform would almost certainly be too strong and upset the delicate balance of the competition.

But teams are already restricted to five “stars”, of whom three can be overseas, so a change in the regulations which added the top White Ferns to the “stars” roster but allowed the New Zealand franchise to register other local players as non-overseas would be one possible solution; opening the way for what would clearly be a massive shot in the arm for the women’s game in New Zealand.

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