WBBL|07: All 59 games to be televised for the first time
In a first, the Women's Big Bash League is set to be fully broadcast this year with Cricket Australia securing a landmark deal for all 59 matches for the first time in the competition's seven-year history.
Last season 36 games were on TV - the number getting progressively better each year since the first edition where only 10 games were televised.
Meanwhile, the WBBL has also announced full fixtures having previously done so only for the first 20 matches due to the ongoing COVID-19 enforced restrictions. Now, the first 20 games will be played in Tasmania and the caravan will be moving to Adelaide, Perth, and Mackay in Queensland with the finals venues yet to be revealed. This confirms that due to border closures, there will be no league games at least in New South Wales, Victoria, or the ACT this season.
"The WBBL is Australia's highest rating sporting league for women and the world's best cricket league for women," Alistair Dobson, the BBL general manager, said. "We owe it to our players and loyal fans to deliver a full schedule, and today's announcement further strengthens this.
"At the same time, to also announce a landmark broadcast footprint is amazing. Fans can now watch every game on TV, ensuring that our passionate supporters will have access to world-class cricket despite the challenges of the pandemic."
Matches in Perth will be played at Lilac Hill and the WACA while Karen Rolton Oval and Adelaide Oval will host matches in Adelaide. The Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay in Queensland has been handed nine games at the end of the tournament after successfully hosting the three women's ODIs between the hosts Australia and India recently. However, Gold Coast's Metricon stadium that was picked to host the histroric pink-ball Test between the two at the eleventh hour, has not been given a WBBL game.
Defending champions Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars in the curtain raiser on October 14.