Western Australia has been allocated its first top-level cricket of the season with five BBL matches penciled in for Perth during early January – including four home games for the Scorchers – and Melbourne will host 11 matches with confirmation of the remaining tournament fixtures which takes the competition to every major cricket market.
While the fixture list remains dependent on various border restrictions being lifted, the Scorchers are set to play the Melbourne Renegades (January 3), Sydney Sixers (January 6), Sydney Thunder (January 9) and Hobart Hurricanes (January 12) at Optus Stadium. There will also be a neutral fixture between the Hurricanes and Thunder on January 7.
The early part of January also sees additional fixtures in Queensland, Hobart and Adelaide before the competition relocates to Melbourne and Sydney from January 13 for the weeks leading into the finals series.
Melbourne will host 11 matches – five at Marvel Stadium and six at the MCG – with the SCG and Sydney Showground having four games each.
The regular season will conclude with a triple-header on Australia Day (January 26) with the MCG hosting two games (Renegades v Hurricanes and Stars v Sixers) and the SCG one (Heat v Scorchers).
“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,” Alistair Dobson, the head of the Big Bash, said. “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 BBL clubs in action on home soil.”
Until now, Perth had a barren fixture list due to the state’s hard border. It had initially been hoped that the Australia and India teams would quarantine in the city and potentially play the white-ball matches there, but those plans ended some months ago. The Afghanistan Test, which had originally been scheduled for the end of November, was also postponed due to difficulties around scheduling.
Mick Murray, Western Australian Minister for Sport and Recreation, said: “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.”