Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is a semi-professional Australian domestic cricket tournament for women. Australian Women’s T20 Championship had been replaced by Women’s Big Bash League after its completion of the 2014-2015 season. The T20 Women’s Championship had begun from the year 2007-08. Shaun Martyn, an Australian businessman, and Lisa Sthealekar, former Australian cricketer is the head of WBBL.
The tournament consists of 8 professional teams that are made of current and former National Team members of Australia to bring out the country’s best talent. Each squad consists of 15 active players. Additionally, these teams can enlist five marquee players having 3 players out of 5 from overseas.
Marquees are classed in two ways:
- Any player from overseas
- A local Australian player holding a national contract from Cricket Australia during the signing period of Women’s Big Bash League
Rebel, a sporting goods retailer has been sponsoring WBBL since its inception. The Women’s tournament is played alongside the men’s Big Bash League and has gained its popularity and acquired much media coverage.
The two times defending champions, Brisbane Heat has won the title WBBL title consecutively in the fourth and fifth season.
WBBL Teams and Captains
|Adelaide Strikers||Suzie Bates|
|Brisbane Heat||Jess Jonassen|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Corinne Hall|
|Melbourne Renegades||Amy Satterthwaite|
|Melbourne Stars||Meg Lanning|
|Perth Scorchers||Sophie Devine|
|Sydney Sixers||Ellyse Perry|
|Sydney Thunder||Rachael Haynes|
Women’s Big Bash League 2020-2021
The 6th season of the tournament has been scheduled from October 25 to November 29, 2020. The season of 2020-2021 has fixed a total of 59 matches among all the team players.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, WBBL 2020-21 is played entirely in the different venues of Sydney, namely the North Sydney Oval (NSO), Hurstville Oval (HVO), Drummoyne Oval (DMO), Sydney Showground Stadium (SSS), and Blacktown International Sportspark (BIS).