Sixers to join new women’s T20 tournament

The Sydney Sixers will be part of a new national women’s T20 competition that will immediately precede the Weber WBBL|10 season, increasing playing opportunities for our domestic players.

Cricket Australia outlined details today of the new competition that will feature teams representing the eight WBBL clubs.

Teams will play four matches across two cities, with the four top teams at the end of the regular season playing off in the semi-finals and final.

The new competition comes as the WBBL|10 season is shortened to 40 games, plus three finals, to optimise scheduling and will create more high performance opportunities for female players, while significantly increasing payments.

Sixers General Manager Rachael Haynes said the new competition would provide additional opportunities for domestic players on the club’s contracted list and potentially for some outside the list.

“The new T20 competition is a fantastic way for our domestic players to come together in Sixers colours earlier than ever before and prepare for the WBBL,” Haynes said.

“With the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on at the same time and Sixers stars like Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner expected to be away, we will also be able to offer some emerging players the opportunity to play for the club in this new competition.

“That provides an enhanced player pathway that will benefit the future of the Sixers and in turn is in the best interests of Australian Cricket.

“Our members and fans will also have the opportunity to support the club in as many matches as they have been use to over the last few years of the WBBL.”

More details of the club’s fixtures will be announced in due course, including dates and venues for the new tournament, WBBL|10 and KFC BBL|13.

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