Cricket Australia announced the itinerary of the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), on Monday (July 31). Having announced earlier in the year that there will be eight extra games in the fresh edition, there would be as many as 43 games in the men’s edition, starting on December 19, while the women’s edition starts ten days earlier, on December 9.
The semifinals of both the editions will be played on February 1 and 2, while the final is scheduled for February 4 – the first time in the brief history of the tournament that it spills into the first week of February, outside the school summer holidays.
As per the fixtures for the new season, each men’s team will play 10 games – five at home and away – which means an extra game at both the venues compared to the previous edition. “The eight additional BBL matches for this season have been scheduled to complement the existing regular season fixture, take the BBL and WBBL to more locations, and encourage more people to give cricket a go,” said CA Executive General Manager of Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard.
“The opportunity to take matches to markets such as Launceston is particularly exciting as it represents the growing popularity of the Big Bash nationwide, and we are hopeful of extending the BBL’s footprint even further this season in partnership with the Thunder, Strikers and Renegades, who remain in discussions to take matches to new markets.”
The first game that would be played away from a traditional BBL centre is set to take place at Launceston on December 30 when Hobart Hurricanes host the Sydney Thunder. Also, there remain three more games that are yet to be confirmed and chances are that they could be played at new centres.
Likewise, there are nine games in the WBBL that are yet to have confirmed venues and like in the past, many of the games will be played away from the main venues of the country. As many as 22 games will be double-headers with the men’s teams.
“Both the BBL and WBBL are firm family favourites during the summer school holidays, and with even more matches we hope fans will continue to vote with their feet, support their club, and help us surpass last year’s attendance, which exceeded one million for the second consecutive season,” said Everard.