WBBL back on the road

WBBL players will travel across six states this season after last year’s competition was confined to a Sydney hub because of Covid-19.

The 2021 WBBL season will start on October 14 with a clash at North Sydney Oval between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars.

The 59-game campaign will conclude with a prime-time final to be played after the first day of the Australia-Afghanistan Test match on November 27.

Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast will this season hold WBBL matches for the first time, with other venues including CitiPower Centre, Great Barrier Reef Arena (Mackay), the WACA Ground, Lilac Hill, Karen Rolton Oval, Centennial Park Oval (Nuriootpa), Blundstone Arena and University of Tasmania Stadium.

All matches will be streamed live on Kayo, with a record number of 47 to also be televised live on Foxtel, with 24 of them also simulcast on the Seven Network.

We've got more games on TV than ever before and we're returning to some of our favourite venues across Australia 🤩

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“To commit to televising 47 matches this season demonstrates the incredible growth and depth of our competition, which is firmly cemented as Australia’s highest rating women’s sporting league on a per game basis,” Cricket Australia general manager of Big Bash leagues Alistair Dobson said.

“We’re also delighted to take the competition back to our passionate and loyal fans around the country, provided it is safe to do so.

“We’re hoping to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to watch their teams live, along with the millions watching on TV across Australia and around the world.”

Dobson said the schedule was also “flexible” should changes need to be made because of Covid-19.

“Like all sporting leagues, we remain conscious of the need to be flexible in response to the challenges of the pandemic,” he said.

“This schedule provides us with a number of options should we need to pivot, and the lessons of (last year) stand us in good stead should we need to do so.”

Fox Sports executive director Steve Crawley said: “This year Fox Cricket will showcase a 30 per cent increase in our WBBL coverage, plus Australia’s only dedicated women’s cricket show, The Blast, returns.

“Fox Cricket is the place for cricket lovers. With Cricket Australia we continue to drive the WBBL to where it should be – the biggest women’s sports competition in Australia and no doubt one of the greatest in the world.”

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