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WBBL 2021 to start on October 14, final to be played on November 27

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The seventh edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2021 will get underway on October 14 with Sydney Sixers taking on the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval. The final will take place on November 27 in Adelaide. 

The statement released by cricket.com.au also announced that a record number- 47 games will be broadcast on television. The remaining 12 matches will be live streamed for free on cricket.com.au. 

During the inaugural season in 2016 only 10 games were shown live on television. That said, the massive increase in TV coverage is a testimony to the popularity and growth of the WBBL in Australia and many other cricket loving nations. 

"We’re also delighted to take the competition back to our passionate and loyal fans around the country provided it is safe to do so," Cricket Australia’s head of the Big Bash, Alistair Dobson, said.

"To commit to televising 47 matches this season demonstrates the incredible growth and depth of our competition, which is firmly cemented as Australia’s highest rating women’s sporting league on a per game basis,” Dobson further added. 

The 2021 WBBL will once again see eight teams competing for T20 supremacy in Australia. Sydney Thunder are the defending champions after beating Melbourne Stars in the 2020 edition. 

Currently, the Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder are the only teams to have won the WBBL.

Meanwhile, Indian women cricketers Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav will be seen making their WBBL debut later in the year. The 17-year-old batter Verma will be representing two-time champions Sydney Sixers, while left-arm spinner Yadav is on the cusp of finalizing her franchise. 

This will not be the first time that women cricketers from India will be playing in the Australian T20 League. Back in 2016/17, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were seen playing for the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane respectively. 

Women’s Big Bash League T20 2021 schedule, fixtures and live India match times 

All times in India Standard Time (IST)

DATE 

MATCH DETAILS 

TIME 

Oct 14

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars 

2.10 pm

Oct 16 

Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat 

Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Oct 17

Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes 

Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder

4.45 am

8.10 am

Oct 19

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder 

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Oct 20 

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers

Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers  

10.10 am

1.35 am

Oct 23

Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes 

Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

4.45 am

8.30 am

10:10 am

1.35 pm

Oct 24

Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes

Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder   

4.45 am

8.10 am

8:30 am

11:45 am

Oct 26

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers

Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat  

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Oct 27

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars 

1.35 pm

Oct 30

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades 

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars

Perth Scorchers  vs Sydney Sixers

Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes

8.00 am

10:10 am

11:45 am

1:35 am

Oct 31

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes 

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars

Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers

4.45 am

8:00 am

8:10 am

11:45 am

Nov 5

Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers 

8.45 am

Nov 6

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder 

Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder

Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers

4.45 am

5:15 am

8:10 am

8:45 am

Nov 7

Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat 

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers 

4.45 am

8.10 am

8.45 am

Nov 9

Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes 

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Nov 10

Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat 

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Nov 13

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder 

Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers

4.45 am

8.30 am

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Nov 14

Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers 

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers 

Melbourne Renegades  vs Melbourne Stars

4.45 am

4.45 am

8.10 am

8.30 am

Nov 19

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades 

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder

10.10 am

1:35 pm

Nov 20

Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers

Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades 

4.45 am

8.10 am

10.10 am

1.35 pm

Nov 21

Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars 

4.45 am

8:10 am

The fixtures for the knockout WBBL T20 games have not been announced yet. 

Featured photo : Prakash Singh / AFP

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