Focus on WBBL not woman in BBL: Perry

Ellyse Perry would rather see focus on the WBBL than talk of a woman in the BBL.
Ellyse Perry would rather see focus on the WBBL than talk of a woman in the BBL.

The Women's Big Bash League should become "as successful as it possibly can be" before any focus shifts to a female playing in the men's league, says star allrounder Ellyse Perry.

Australian great Lisa Sthalekar has predicted a woman specialist spinner could one day play in the Big Bash League, but Perry says she'd first like to see the women's league grow into a standout, stand-alone competition.

"I think the way we develop women's cricket, the attention should certainly be on that and creating its own product there and giving people an opportunity to come and watch that," Perry told reporters on Monday.

"Rather than, I suppose, trying to integrate the two."

Perry said the sport's progress over the last few years had been excellent, and she had high hopes for the WBBL.

"I'd really like to see this competition develop and be maybe one of the pre-eminent women's sporting competitions in the world in terms of crowds, TV audiences and the way that it's supported and followed.

"I think we owe really it to the sport to make it as successful as it possibly can be."

The two-time Belinda Clark Award winner said Sthalekar's prediction couldn't be ruled out in the future, noting many female cricketers played alongside boys when growing up.

"It's certainly possible. There's lots of very skilled female cricketers out there that are very capable of playing against men at various times," she said.

Australian Associated Press