The stand-alone WBBL in 2019/20 presents an exciting opportunity for the continued growth of women’s cricket; according to ACA General Manager of Cricket Operations & Player Relations Brendan Drew.
"Moving the WBBL ahead of the BBL in the schedule, provides a great platform for the women’s game to excel in its own window," Drew said.
"The tournament will also serve as a great launch into the Women’s T20 World Cup in February, which will cap off a summer that showcases the world’s best players to Australian fans."
As the players continue to move towards professionalism, Drew said it is important that balance remains a consideration for players within the new WBBL window.
“We are mindful of the challenges that a move into an October / November window poses to some players, with many still balancing other work and study commitments through this period,” Drew said.
“The ACA will continue to work with Cricket Australia and the States to help players adjust to this change.
“Nevertheless, the players are extremely excited for the stand-alone tournament and the opportunities it will bring.”