In recent developments, Cricket Australia (CA) have decided to move the sixth edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) entirely to Sydney. The T20 tournament consisting of eight teams was formerly set to be played across six cities. But, the COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced CA to make changes.
The apex Australian body also modified the schedule by locking new dates. Now, WBBL will begin on October 25.
Big Bash League (BBL) head Alistair Dobson said that the management is in constant touch with the New South Wales (NSW) government to make sure WBBL 2020 proceeds with necessary safety protocols.
“We are incredibly proud to deliver a full season of rebel WBBL|06 and would like to thank the NSW Government, our partners States & Territories Associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association as well as- in particular Cricket NSW – for rallying together at this challenging time to deliver a safe and successful tournament,” said Dobson as quoted by Cricket.com.au.
“We can achieve great things together, and the spirit of cooperation has been truly uplifting. Thanks must also go to our broadcasters, partners, players and staff for their outstanding support as we navigate what has been a challenging period,” he added.
There will be a total of 59 games in the tournament. For the fans in Australia, 26 matches will be televised live on the Seven Network and Fox Cricket. The remaining 33 games will be live-streamed on the CA app and official website – cricket.com.au.
Single venue won’t be a big deal: Jess Jonassen
Players were already anticipating the move, having seen how COVID-19 restrictions had impacted the cricket competitions around the globe. Brisbane Heat skipper Jonassen said its good to have clarity and a single venue won’t be a big deal for cricketers.
“Now there’s that little bit of clarity around what the season is going to look like, everyone is able to prepare for that,” said Australia all-rounder Jonassen.
“I think everyone is just really excited to get out on the field and start playing some cricket again. The fact that it has to be in a hub and in Sydney, it’s not too big a deal for a lot of us,” she added.