WA Today – The deal to bring the Thunder back to Canberra for a BBL-WBBL double-header is almost done with the club and ACT government ironing out the final details.
- Cricket Australia has announced top-ranked teams will host stand-alone semi-finals and the final in a move especially welcomed by the Sydney Sixers – who have won two consecutive titles on foreign soil.
- The WBBL is gearing up for a monumental shift to a stand-alone season in 2019-20 and Big Bash League boss Kim McConnie says an improved broadcast agreement “will help us on our journey to be the leading sport for women and girls in Australia”.
- “Both semi-finals will be played on Saturday 19 January at the same location, hosted by the top-ranked team of the regular season, while the final will be played on Australia Day.
- The Test is the final piece of a four-year deal to play international cricket in the capital and Cricket ACT officials are in the midst of discussions with the ACT government and Cricket Australia to make sure this season’s jewel in the crown isn’t a one-off.
- The Test match is the showpiece event in a summer to be launched by a women’s Twenty20 international showdown between Australia and New Zealand on October 5, before the Prime Minister’s XI host South Africa in a one-day game on October 31.