WBBL gave top billing as the Covid-free schedule is exhibited

Women's Cricket

The Women’s Big Bash League(WBBL) will get back with a bang, with teams back at home; matches moved to a Thursday night space and no restrictions with Australia men’s T20 World Cup crusade.

After two Covid-19-impacted campaigns, the eighth version has returned to a cross-country rivalry, significant home matches for Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades without precedent for three years.

Heat have Sydney Sixers in the competition opener on October 13, with the last planned for November 27.

Seventeen matches have been given ideal time evening spaces while one more 15 will be played at nightfall. The ‘celebration’ component – where teams are based at a similar scene – of past contests remains, however, centred around the ends of the week.

There will likewise be no contention with Australia men’s home T20 World Cup matches which start in mid-November; however, the opposition faces AFL ladies’ and will share a finals end of the week in late November. Seven, the allowed to-air telecaster, will show 24 matches while Foxtel and Kayo will convey every one of the 59.

What does Cricket Australia’s head of the Big Bash has to say on WBBL?

Alistair Dobson said,

“The WBBL evolving into more of a prime time competition is exactly what it merits and it’s a great evolution for the competition”.

“I think those festival weekends have proven really popular. And I think the players really enjoy them and fans love being able to see lots of cricket on one weekend.

But equally, in previous years we’ve had smaller festivals midweek, which is what we’ve been able to largely avoid this year and been able to move those midweek games into more standalone matches.

“More than ever, we’ve got one-off matches on an individual night, which just lends itself to sort of bigger crowds and bigger audiences.

“Ultimately, I think it’s one of the strongest schedules we’ve had, if not the strongest since we moved to a standalone season.”

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