WBBL 04 his here!
After recently securing a fourth World T20 crown last week, the victorious Australian team will descend upon Melbourne and meet up with their teams for a standalone opening weekend extravaganza at the Junction Oval.
All eight Big Bash teams will compete across two days in Melbourne and will include members of Australia’s World Cup winning squad.
“It’s such an exciting time for Women’s Cricket in Australia,” said ACA Manager – Cricket Operations and Player Relations Kelly Applebee.
“This is an excellent way to celebrate the recent success of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, and for fans to see these players up close and in action for the first time since the World Cup, along with a number of international stars.”
From the 54 games this season, 23 will be broadcast live across Fox Sports and Channel Seven, almost doubling the amount of games as seen on television from last year. The remaining games will also be streamed live across the Cricket Australia app and cricket.com.au.
WBBL 04 will also be the first occasion of which the competition will have a finals series separate to the men’s fixtures, paving the way for next season’s standalone fixture in 2019-20.
Applebee, who played one season with the Melbourne Stars, said the move to a standalone fixture demonstrates how in-demand women’s cricket is.
“This proves how the game continues to improve and grow through the investment from Australian Cricket, providing as many opportunities for players to play and for fans to watch exciting cricket either at the game or on their televisions.”
Alyssa Healy’s Sydney Sixers will be vying for a hat-trick of championships this year, to stamp their place as the competition’s most successful team.
“WBBL 04 promises to be an exciting competition with all teams going from strength to strength,” Applebee said.
“Our World Cup victory demonstrates the depth of women’s cricket in Australia. Many players will be looking to use this season’s WBBL as a platform to impress ahead of the next World T20, which will be held in Australia in 2020.”