Cricket Australia announces fixtures for BBL 11

The Big Bash Twenty20 League in Australia will resume on December 5 with a complete home-and-away schedule, however organisers stressed that they were willing to be flexible given the uncertainty over Covid-19.

After the proposed international player selection was scrapped for the second time due to the pandemic, the KFC BBL is expected to see an infusion of English and Afghan players this summer.

The inaugural game of the 11th season of the eight-franchise Twenty20 event will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground between the reigning champions Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars, the first of 56 games spread over 46 days.

Last season, each team was allowed to bring in three foreign players, including top-ranked T20 players Rashid Khan, Dawid Malan, and Mohammad Nabi. Officials hope to use Australia’s six-Test summer, which includes the Ashes against England and a historic first-ever Test against Afghanistan, to enhance not only foreign players in the BBL but also television ratings after the league drew its largest-ever broadcast audience previous season.

The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne has already been postponed due to rigorous quarantine rules and a delayed vaccine deployment, and the Australian Open tennis tournament in January is also in doubt.