The Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder will take their respective WBBL teams to Dubai later this month for a preseason camp ahead of the WBBL|02 tournament this coming summer.
The teams, who featured in the WBBL|01 Final, head to the home of the ICC for a six day camp where they will undertake a number of training sessions, both during the day and under lights, as well as match against each other at The Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The players will also engage in a number of local community opportunities including meeting school kids who play cricket in the region and training with the UAE Women’s Cricket Team.
While there for a training camp, the players will also see a number of the sites around the cities including Burj Kalifa, the Mall of the Emirates and the Zayed grand mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Both Clubs believe this tour will not only help the players develop their T20 skills but will also help with the promotion of Women’s cricket within the region.
“This is a great opportunity to get the team together and work on specific T20 skills that will prepare the Club for WBBL02,” said Sydney Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond.
“It will also help build on the culture established last season and bond as a team while promoting the rapid growth of Women’s cricket. We will have the chance to interact with the local school community and women’s team which will be a unique experience for all.”
Remond’s Thunder counterpart, Nick Cummins, agreed adding, “We’re delighted to offer our team the chance to further their cricket development at the ICC Academy.
“Women’s cricket is undergoing an exciting transformation and this tour is a reflection of the move towards the full professionalisation of the sport.
“Thunder had an outstanding WBBL01 and we hope this tour will help take our game to the next level.”
The coaching staff were also excited at the prospect of gathering the team for a camp prior to the official pre-season commencing.
“The opportunity to take the team to Dubai and train at some of the best elite cricket training facilities is wonderful for the Club,” said Sixers WBBL coach Ben Sawyer.
“The camp gives us an opportunity to work on some specific skills we have wanted to develop while we have some time, and bringing the team back together to reinforce the bond they built from last season will only help leading into WBBL02.”
The players are also looking forward to the camp with Thunder Captain Alex Blackwell keen to see what the home of the ICC has to offer.
“I’m really interested to see what the facilities are like at the ICC Academy, I’ve heard great things about them,” said Blackwell.
“It will be good to see how we are challenged and how we respond in what will be a very different environment and in hot conditions.
“We really enjoyed playing the Sixers in the final of the WBBL and it’ll be great to meet them over in Dubai. It's another way to further strengthen women’s cricket in NSW.”
The squads are:
Both squads depart Monday 30 May and return on Monday 7 June.