While the plans to organize IPL this year are in full swing, another popular T20 league is going to kick off from the month of December. Cricket Australia announced the schedule for the T20 BBL (Big Bash League) 2020 21 starting in December, but they acknowledge the fact that the schedule could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 10th edition of the league will begin on December 3rd as the Adelaide Strikers take on the Melbourne Renegades, followed by 60 matches across the country. The final will be held on February 6th.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) July 15, 2020
The commencement of the league means Cricket Australia will meet its commitments to broadcasters and will not face penalties for reduced content. As they are planning the league, Cricket Australia has to keep in mind the fact that interstate travel in Australia is currently restricted. This might come as a hindrance to the fixtures.
We will ensure the safety of BBL 2020 21: Alistair Dobson
Cricket Australia’s Big Bash chief Alistair Dobson said the league would follow public health advice and will ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff. “scheduling in the time of coronavirus comes with its challenges, as we have seen,” said Dobson. There are factors outside the league itself which could impact the schedule at a later date.”
Australia A tours and Cricket Australia XI matches have been put on hold because of the virus but the domestic Sheffield Shield and home international series will go ahead as planned. It also includes a thrilling four-Test series against India.
The opening match of BBL 2020 21 coincides with the start of India’s much-awaited tour of Australia. This means, it’s unlikely Australia’s Test stars, including Steve Smith and David Warner, will feature in the initial stages of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will continue to remain a standalone edition in its 6th season. The tournament is scheduled to begin on the weekend of October 17-18.