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Sydney to host WBBL|06

04 September 2020

The Melbourne Stars will be back in action at the end of October with Cricket Australia confirming the Rebel WBBL|06 competition on Sunday 25 October.

With the various Coronavirus restrictions in place nationally, New South Wales has been confirmed as the host of the entire tournament which will be a full 59-game season.

Specific details about Stars fixtures this WBBL season are yet to be released.

The news comes as the Stars confirmed the signings of South African Mignon du Preez and Victorians Lucy Cripps and Sophie Day to the club’s roster for the upcoming season.

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said a tremendous amount of work has been undertaken which places the safety of players, staff, officials and the public at the forefront while delivering a full, exciting schedule.

“We want to thank the NSW Government for their willingness to work together to deliver the WBBL|06 competition in Sydney," Dobson said.

“We are incredibly proud to deliver a full season of rebel WBBL|06 and would like to thank the NSW Government, our partners States & Territories Associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association as well as– in particular Cricket NSW – for rallying together at this challenging time to deliver a safe and successful tournament.

“We can achieve great things together and the spirit of cooperation has been truly uplifting.

“Thanks must also go to our broadcasters, partners, players and staff for their outstanding support as we navigate what has been a challenging period.”

Details regarding the fixture, venues, broadcast times will be released in due course.

Last season marked the first time the rebel WBBL was played as a standalone competition, taking the league to a bigger national and international audience than ever before.

That momentum will continue this season, as fans across the country tune in to see the heroes of Australia’s triumphant T20 World Cup side in March return to action. That return begins with the Commonwealth Bank ODI and T20I series against New Zealand in Brisbane, followed by rebel WBBL|06 in Sydney.

“The ICC Women’s World Cup Final will forever be an iconic moment in our game’s history, and we are committed to carrying that momentum into the season ahead,” Dobson said.

“The likes of Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have become household names in Australia and it will be brilliant watching them showcasing their talent and skills for their respective clubs this summer.

“Meg and Beth are among those to change clubs in the off-season, adding another dimension of excitement and expectation to the league.

“We will also be working closely with Australian and State governments to allow top-quality international players to enter our borders and join our clubs.”