MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Cameron Boyce (C) of the Renegades celebrates with teammates after dismissing Daniel Sams of the Thunder during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades at Melbourne Cricket Ground, on January 19, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

The Big Bash League may have one less rival competing for international players in the years to come, with the Bangladesh Premier League considering a date change.

As it stands, the January period is the busiest on the cricket calendar for franchise-based competitions.

A once exclusive period for the Big Bash League has previously been joined by New Zealand's Super Smash and Bangladesh's Premier League. This coming summer however sees the introduction of two more competitions, both backed by Indian Premier League owners in the South African competition and UAE's ILT20 league.

It has seen a number of the top BBL international prospects either sign elsewhere or only commit to a limited window in the first half of the BBL season, however, the BPL have revealed they may look at going in another direction date wise.

While it would open up the tournament to more foreign players - Steve Smith and David Warner both played in the competition during their year-long bans from playing in the Australian game - while also easing pressure on Bangladeshi players such as Shakib Al Hasan and others to play in the BBL, South African or UAE-backed competitions.

Cric Buzz are reporting that the change won't happen this year, but is on the radar for future editions.

BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider said that the competition wanted to be one of the best in the world, but was struggling to do so.

"When it [BPL] was considered after the IPL, there were not so many tournaments. At that place, we moved to a good position," Haider told reporters.

"Now look at the world, many T20 tournaments have been launched. CPL is happening, PSL is happening, Big Bash is happening, UAE League is here, South Africa is doing it, Sri Lanka will do it next. It's difficult to compare with them but we want it to be our major domestic tournament."

"We cannot do it like IPL or PSL because it will be difficult as lot of money is involved and we have to sell the rights at much higher price. We cannot play home and away as the venues are not ready but we want to make it as one of the best tournaments of the year," he added.