Women’s Big Bash League 2019: Tournament gets its own scheduling window keeping T20 World Cup in mind

The fifth season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) will start in October and culminate in the final weekend on 6-7 December, providing a lead-in to the women’s T20 World Cup which starts in February, Cricket Australia said.

Reuters, Jun 12, 2019 15:53:14 IST

Melbourne: Australia’s professional women’s Twenty20 competition has been given its own scheduling window separate from the men’s ‘Big Bash’ in a landmark move hailed by the players’ union.

The fifth season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) will start in October and culminate in the final weekend on 6-7 December, providing a lead-in to the women’s T20 World Cup which starts in February, Cricket Australia said.

Brisbane Heat are the defending champions of the Women's Big Bash League. Image courtesy: Twitter @WBBL

Brisbane Heat are the defending champions of the Women's Big Bash League. Image courtesy: Twitter @WBBL

“This is monumental for the women’s game,” Anthony Everard, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Fan Engagement, said.

“Moving the entire tournament to its own standalone period is the first step towards achieving that ultimate goal of being the best women’s league in the world, giving the world’s best female cricketers from across the globe the platform to show fans what they are capable of.”

The men’s Big Bash fixtures have yet to be released but the bulk of it will be played in January, when the men’s one-day international squad is touring India.

The new arrangement will boost broadcast exposure for the women’s game, Cricket Australia said.

“This is something we’ve been building towards and last year’s final series has proved that the rebel WBBL is ready to stand on its own two feet,” Everard said.

“The volume of televised content nearly doubled last season, for the women’s cricketers.”

Players union, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, said some players would have to balance study and work commitments with the new schedule.

Professional women cricketers receive the same base pay as their male counterparts in Australia for time spent on the playing field but they compete in far less matches and many are unable to support themselves by cricket alone.

“The ACA will continue to work with Cricket Australia and the states to help players adjust to this change,” ACA General Manager of Cricket Operations & Player Relations Brendan Drew said.

“Nevertheless, the players are extremely excited for the stand-alone tournament and the opportunities it will bring.”

Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 15:53:14 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254