In a huge boost, despite the changes, the GambleAware Sydney Smash blockbuster against the cross-town rival Thunder will go ahead at the SCG on January 15 as planned, with both teams flying into the Harbour City for the match.
Tomorrow night’s Sixers v Scorchers presented by the NSW Government fixture at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will proceed as scheduled too, with the men in magenta determined to put on a winning show for the dedicated fans from the Coffs Coast.
Changes to the schedule have been made to prioritise the health and safety of all players, match officials, staff, fans and the wider community for the remainder of the season. These changes will also provide greater flexibility and operational efficiency for the League and Clubs.
All clubs, including the Sixers, will progressively relocate their players and support staff to Victoria. Players and staff will remain under biosecurity protocols, while revised travel arrangements to and from interstate matches will be implemented to reduce their exposure to the wider community.
Key details of the revised KFC BBL|11 schedule include:
- Eleven matches in seven days from January 10-16 inclusive.
- Matches at six venues - Adelaide Oval, Gabba, GMHBA Stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Marvel Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- The postponed Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars match from December 30 to be played on January 11.
- The postponed Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars match from December 7 to be played on January 15.
- Three double headers in Victoria – January 10 (MCG), 11 (GMHBA Stadium) and 13 (Marvel Stadium).
- Two additional double-header matchdays across two venues on January 8 (as previously scheduled) and 15.
- January 15’s Sydney Smash between the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder at the Sydney Cricket Ground to begin at a revised start time of 6:40pm AEDT.
Ticket information to all revised fixtures will be available shortly via cricket.com.au/big-bash.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said:
“The past week has thrown many COVID-related challenges the Big Bash’s way, but throughout we have remained steadfast in our resolve to safely and successfully complete the season.
“These changes are designed to help the League and Clubs deliver on this, while also reducing risks to players, support staff and the matches themselves. Having our players based in one state provides significantly greater flexibility to manage any further impacts of COVID-19.
“From challenges also comes opportunity and we are excited by the prospect of some huge double header matchdays in Geelong and Melbourne. We also look forward to retaining matches in Adelaide, Brisbane and the January 15 Derby in Sydney and seeing home fans turning out for these games.
“We thank everyone who continues to work so hard behind the scenes to safely deliver the competition including all players, League and Club staff, match officials, governments, broadcasters, partners, and venues.”
REVISED Sixers KFC BBL|11 Schedule at 7/1/22
January 9, 7:15pm AEDT: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers presented by the NSW Government, C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Seven, Foxtel & Kayo
January 11: 7:15pm AEDT: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, GMHBA Stadium. Seven, Foxtel & Kayo
January 15, 6:40pm AEDT: GambleAware Sydney Smash - Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, Sydney Cricket Ground. Foxtel & Kayo
REMAINING unscheduled Sixers KFC BBL|11 at 7/1/22
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, (rescheduled from Metricon Stadium) date/time/venue TBC
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, date/time/venue TBC
January 21, time & venue TBC: The Eliminator
January 22, time & venue TBC: The Qualifier
January 23, time & venue TBC: The Knockout
January 26, time & venue TBC: The Challenger
January 28, time & venue TBC: The Final