Australia’s Women’s BBL Moved to its Own Window Away from Men’s Tourney
Women’s cricket in Australia is now tracing another millennia step. Reports suggested that the involvement of women’s interest in cricket has increased in Australia. And on Wednesday, the Women’s cricket in Australia received a boost to their confidence. The T20 Women’s BBL in Australia will now have their separate season, away from the men’s leg.
The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is the Australian women’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. The WBBL was aligned with Men’s BBL since the 2015-16 season from December to February.
However, this year’s fifth edition of WBBL will have its own time slot from October to December respectively.
After the successful WBBL 2019 result, it was the signatory moment for Women’s cricket in Australia. Cricket Australia’s head of fan engagement Anthony Everard called it “monumental for the women’s game”.
This step will encourage more women engagement in cricket and other games. The step will allow the focus to rest entirely on the budding female cricketers.
“It’s something we’ve been building towards and last year’s final series has proved that the WBBL is ready to stand on its own two feet,” said Everard.
Female participation in Cricket increased as compared to past records, a boost for Women’s BBL
According to cricket.com.au, A 39 per cent increase in female participation in cricket, bringing the total number for 2013-14 up to 247,000. Females make up 22 per cent of total cricket participants.
The growth in cricket is what the Australian Cricket Board has been trying to work on. And with WBBL being commenced away from Men’s, it will give the boost to female cricketers.
Not just that, the televised content nearly doubled last season with 23 matches broadcast on free-to-air and pay-TV. Thus, a significant step was needed to be taken by the officials to make it to the next level.
To build on this, this year seven consecutive family-friendly “festival weekends” will be broadcast live.
Whereas, all the remaining matches will be streamed on cricket.com.au.
Each of the eight-city based franchises will play a total of 14 matches with the final hosted by the top teams.
However, the Women’s team in the league will still bear the same team name and colours as that of their male counterpart.
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