2016-17 Big Bash League fixtures announced
Cricket Australia (CA) has released the schedule of the 2016-17 edition of the Big Bash League which will be played over a 40-day period between 20th December and 28th January 2017.
Title holders Sydney Thunder will get the tournament underway with a game against Sydney Sixers on 20th December at the Spotless Stadium in Sydney.
CA decided to stick to the tradition of not playing games on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day whereas the New Year’s Day will see a double header.
On 1st January 2017, the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades will face off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder will fight it out at the WACA.
There will be 14 double-headers with the Women’s Big Bash League which will be held in a 50-day period between 10th December and 28th January 2017.
The Women’s Big Bash League will get underway with three fixtures on 10th December with Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder taking on Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, and Melbourne Stars respectively.
A total of 35 matches will be played in the Big Bash League, while the Women’s Big Bash League will see a total of 59 games being played.
CA Executive General Manager Operations Mike McKenna said that the scheduling will give the two showpiece T20 leagues to "shine equally on their own stage".
"We operate on a ‘one club, two teams’ mentality with the men’s and women’s Big Bash Leagues to give fans greater options with this integrated schedule.
"The KFC Big Bash League has become a family favourite during the summer school holidays and the way the public embraced the Women’s Big Bash League last year shows there is strong demand that this schedule is designed to grow.
"There will be 14 double-headers for the BBL and WBBL to stand side-by-side, while still giving the two leagues spotlight to shine equally on their own stage."
McKenna also confirmed that the entry-level ticket prices for Australia’s best-rating sports event will remain unchanged for a sixth consecutive season.
“Every BBL match will again be broadcast after averaging more than a million viewers every match last season, complementing the additional one million people who came through the gates in BBL|05.
“We are spending the off-season looking at more innovative ways to build on the league’s strengths and enhancing our fans’ experiences in the fun, fast-paced atmosphere of every match.
“As part of our commitment to value for families, entry-level ticket prices will remain unchanged for the sixth straight season.”
All the 35 games of the Big Bash League and a total of 12 games of the Women’s Big Bash League will be broadcast on Network Ten.
Network Ten’s chief executive officer Paul Anderson conveyed his excitement at broadcasting a total of 47 games across the two leagues.
Anderson also said that the network was proud to cement their commitment to further women’s cricket with a deal that will see 10 out of the 12 Women’s Big Bash League matches being broadcast on the main channel.
"We are delighted to be broadcasting 47 games of KFC Big Bash League and Women’s Big Bash League over the upcoming summer, live and exclusive," Anderson said.
“We are proud to further cement our commitment to women’s sport through a landmark deal that will see Network Ten broadcast 12 matches of the Women’s Big Bash League – including four of the matches that launch the 2016-17 season from Saturday, 10 December, live and exclusive on Ten.
"Ten of the 12 matches will be seen on the main Ten channel.
"We will also for the first time broadcast the Melbourne Stars taking on the reigning premiers the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL, live from 6.00pm.
"That will be the first time a standalone women’s sporting competition has been broadcast in prime time on a commercial free-to-air television network’s primary channel."
The semi-finals of both the Big Bash League and the Women’s Big Bash League will be played on 24th and 25th January 2017 while the final of both the events will be held on 28th January 2017.
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