Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - WBBL: Tasmania to host opening 20 games due to Covid restrictions. More changes are likely to be made to the schedule.
More changes are likely to be made to the schedule.
Tasmania has been picked to host the first 20 fixtures of the upcoming seventh edition of the Women's Big Bash League with the tournament getting restructured amidst ongoing COVID-19 border restrictions in Australia. While 12 of those games will be played as per original schedule, remaining eight have been rescheduled to accommodate players' travel, quarantine and preparation.
The WBBL|07 curtain raiser between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars, that was due in Sydney on October 14, remains on schedule and will now be staged at Blundstone Arena in Tasmania. Matches have also been allotted to University of Tasmania Stadium and Invermay Park in Launceston.
While only the schedule of the opening two weeks has undergone tweaks for now, further changes are likely with the evolving pandemic situation in the country. “The League will continue to monitor public health conditions, state border restrictions and their related impacts in relation to the remainder of the Weber WBBL|07 schedule,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
“The League and all clubs thank Premier Gutwein and the Tasmanian Government for their support of the WBBL and Australian cricket,” said Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia's general manager of Big Bash Leagues. “We'd also like to thank Cricket Tasmania for the power of work they've put into securing our safe passage to Tasmania and deliver the opening weeks of the tournament. We can't wait to arrive in Hobart and start our season.”
The last edition of WBBL was played entirely in a Sydney-based bio-secure bubble while Tasmania was one of the opening hubs for the men's competition later.