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Players cool on Christmas Day BBL clash

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Administrators are keen but convincing cricketers to cut short their Christmas Day celebrations might be more difficult.

Big Bash League boss Anthony Everard is continuing the push for a December 25 match after last year revealing it was on the cards.

Cricket Australia has recently taken it another step forward by setting up a working party to explore the unchartered fixture, with the process to include a consultation period.

Retired Sydney Thunder captain and Australian great Mike Hussey, who's now the BBL franchise's director of cricket, is open to the idea.

But he said it could be a hard sell to players.

"Obviously a very traditional day ... and the players love getting home to their families, particularly the older ones who have kids," Hussey told Fox Sports.

"But certainly from a public and spectators' point of view, I think it'd be great to finish Christmas lunch and turn the TV on in the evening and watch a great game of Big Bash."

Australian Cricketers' Association boss Alistair Nicholson said past feedback from players showed a reluctance to play or travel on Christmas.

He said players understood the importance of growing the game commercially, but "some traditions should be respected".

"Last year we saw both BBL and WBBL teams travelling on the 25th for games on the 26th (of December), but ideally the fewer players this impacts the better," Nicholson said.

"Some things are about more than money and Christmas is one of the few remaining special days to be with family," he said.

Christmas Day fixtures have long been held in American sports to huge audiences, with five NBA games, including a blockbuster finals series replay between Golden State and Cleveland, and two NFL matches scheduled this year.

Everard said the push was in its formative stages, indicating next year was probably too soon, but the Thunder have already expressed interest in being involved.

The franchise's general manager Nick Cummins said high cinema attendances on Christmas Day indicated many people were not intent on spending the day at home and could be lured to the cricket.

"There's obviously a lot of families out there who are looking for things to do together," Cummins told Sky Sports Radio on Friday.

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