The KFC Big Bash League will deliver on its commitment to take Australia’s most-watched sporting competition to fans around the country with the release today of the full KFC BBL|10 revised schedule.
The revised schedule ensures all KFC BBL clubs will host matches in their local markets subject to the public health situation and associated impacts including border restrictions.
The revised draw was created in consultation with governments, clubs, state and territory associations and broadcast partners and places the health and safety of participants and the broader community as the top priority.
In addition to Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and South Australia, all of whom are confirmed to host matches in December, 2020, the League is pleased to confirm that Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria will also host KFC BBL|10 matches in January, 2021.
Five matches will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth, with the first to be held on Sunday, January 3. Four of these matches will be Perth Scorchers home games, ensuring fans in WA get to experience first-hand elite cricket this season.
From Wednesday, January 13, the BBL will travel to Sydney and Melbourne for the run to the finals.
Eight matches will be played in Sydney, with the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Showground Stadium to host four each.
Melbourne-based KFC BBL fans will be rewarded for their perseverance through a tough year with 11 matches in January 2021. Five of these will be held at Marvel Stadium, with six at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The final day of the regular season will be played on January 26 and feature a triple-header split between the SCG (one match) and MCG (two matches).
The five-match finals series begins on Friday, January 29. The Final has been slated for Saturday, February 6.
Additional matches have also been confirmed for the Adelaide Oval (three), the Gabba (two), Metricon Stadium (four) and Blundstone Arena (two) in early January.
In all, Seven will broadcast 45 matches live including Finals, with Foxtel and Kayo showing all 61 matches live. SEN will also broadcast matches via their radio platforms.
Tickets for all matches being played in December, except those at Adelaide Oval, will go on sale from Friday, November 27. The League is monitoring the situation in South Australia closely and is working with governments to understand its impact on the KFC BBL|10 season.
Information regarding tickets for remaining matches will be made available in due course.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said:
“The League is delighted to confirm the boldest schedule in Australian sport since the pandemic began by committing to take matches to every club’s home market in KFC BBL|10.
“This schedule is a testament to the strength of the League and ensures our fans around the country will get the chance to see their KFC BBL Clubs in action on home soil.
“We’d like to thank all federal, state and territory governments, our KFC BBL clubs, state and territory associations, the players and Australian Cricketers’ Association, broadcasters Seven, Foxtel, Kayo, SEN and commercial partners KFC, BKT, Toyota and Sanitarium for their support as we deliver a safe and successful competition for our fans across the country.”
The Hon. Mick Murray MLA, Western Australian Minister for Sport and Recreation, said:
“Western Australia has the best cricket fans and the best cricket stadium in the nation – so it is fitting that some of the best cricket talent in Australia will be headed to Optus Stadium this summer.
“It is exciting that the Perth Scorchers will have the opportunity to play four matches before a home crowd during this summer of cricket.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the State – and I thank the WACA, VenuesWest, Cricket Australia, the Chief Health Officer and the Police Commissioner for their work in securing these five games for WA.”
The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, said:
“We look forward to working closely with Cricket Australia in accordance with the Public Events Framework to ensure Victorians are able to enjoy top-quality cricket this summer.”
The Hon. Geoff Lee MP, NSW Acting Minister for Sport, said:
“It wouldn’t be summer without cricket so we are so proud to be able to put our hand up to host Big Bash League games in NSW and give our fans the chance to see some awesome live action.”