Nielsen, who coached Australia for four years from 2007, called for more local young talent to be given chances to play in the helter-skelter format as the annual Big Bash concept expands in appeal and following.
Nielsen strongly criticised teams bringing aged former players out of retirement for the Big Bash tournament in marketing and promotional strategies to generate appeal through strong match attendances and pay television audiences.
“Let’s see some new names and some new faces,” Nielsen said on ABC radio.
“I think we've got to be careful about going back to too many older players, trying to fill a role.”
Big Bash organisations have had the likes of former Test spinner Stuart MacGill, Australian batting great Matthew Hayden and legendary Shane Warne step out of retirement to play in world cricket's newest format.
Warne, 43, has proven a success among former players to make BBL appearances along with former Test and one-day specialist spinner Brad Hogg with Perth.
Hogg, 41, was such a standout last summer with his dangerous left-arm wrist spin that the effervescent former star won selection in Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup team for Sri Lanka last October.
Warne is also into his second season and poised for a second semi-final engagement with his Melbourne Stars against Perth in Perth in a bid to qualify for the grand final and appointment in the $6million Champions League tournament in October.
South Australia’s franchise the Adelaide Strikers dragged former state spinner Brad Young out of a lengthy retirement after 10 years out of the game for this year’s series.
Nielsen didn’t seem to approve of pitch-forking retired players back into elite cricket ahead of emerging youngsters.
He declared that Australian cricket’s future depth of top players depends more on promotion of young players than recycling former stars.
The accomplished former senior coach, who played 101 first-class matches for South Australia as a wicketkeeper-batsman, does not have an issue with Big Bash franchises importing superstar players to bolster winning prospects as well as assist crucial development of young local players.
Internatioinal recuits Kieron Pollard at Adelaide, Alfonso Thomas with Perth and power-hitting West Indies great Chris Gayle have all had marked influence in formative stages of Australia's BBL tournament.
“Look I think it is good for our cricketers and our players to be exposed against the likes of a Pollard or against Thomas," Nielsen said.
"They train with them and they see how they go about it.
“It helps them, but I don't want to see three or four or two other spots in our teams taken up by blokes who are 40.
“I'd rather see a 17 or an 18-year-old kid given the opportunity to race around out there.
“We probably saw it last year with a couple of kids coming in that really did have an impact that ended up going on to be bigger and better for it.
“I think it is really important opportunity that we don't waste that chance.”