Women’s Big Bash League 2017 kicked off

SYDNEY: More money, commitment from the game and players being ready to take the action to the fans as third season of the Women’s Big Bash League has been kicked off.

With the recent MOU allowing Australia’s top female players to be fully professional and most domestic players to fully focus on cricket during the season, players are fitter, stronger and better prepared for WBBL 03, which gets underway.

First three matches of the event will be played today (Saturday).

Six of the eight teams will be on show at North Sydney Oval in two double-headers this Saturday and Sunday and captain of defending champions Sydney Sixers, Ellyse Perry, said everything is coming together to ensure the season starts with a bang.

“A lot of the girls in this competition, particularly the Australian players, have probably been full-time cricketers for at least six months, if not longer,” Perry said.

Cricket Australia’s head of Big Bash Kim McConnie said talk is key in taking the game beyond it’s current audience.

McConnie said while those in cricket circles knew all about the exciting T20 women’s competition, the challenge is now reaching people outside that.

Free entry to games, double-headers and taking games to non-traditional grounds are some of the steps they are taking, as well as entering partnerships with non-sport entities.

“That’s where the growth will come from,” McConnie said. “It’s interesting, the level of awareness on women’s cricket is ridiculously low, still.

“We’re in the world so we find it hard to believe but only 40 per cent of Australians actually know there’s a professional women’s cricket team. – Bold Magazine

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