BBL 10 schedule announced, coincides with India-Australia Brisbane Test

The opening match of BBL 10 coincides with the start of the first Test between India and Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Sixers pose with the trophy after winning the Big Bash League Final match between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 08, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Cricket Australia has announced a Dec. 3 start to the domestic Twenty20 competition which is set to begin the same day the first Test between Australia and India opens in Brisbane.

The Women's Big Bash League, meanwhile, will kick off on the weekend of October 17 and 18 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane and Perth. Hobart and Adelaide will host matches during the second weekend of the tournament and the regular season is due to end in Melbourne on November 22.

Still to be determined is whether the Twenty20 World Cup, set for Oct. 18 to Nov. 15 in Australia, will go ahead. All international cricket was suspended in March because of the coronavirus lockdown and Test cricket has only just resumed in England.

The 16-team T20 World Cup has a number of matches scheduled in Victoria state, a current hotbed of COVID-19 which has resulted in a six-week lockdown in Melbourne.

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The 10th season of Australia’s Big Bash League is set to end on Feb. 6, depending on the continuing pandemic. The first BBL night match will start at the Adelaide Oval just as play ends in the first Test in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia has several contingency plans in case of further coronavirus shutdowns.

"While we know that the challenging, fast-changing coronavirus pandemic could ultimately mean revisions to the schedule, there is nonetheless a lot to like about the way both competitions are shaping up,” BBL head Alistair Dobson said.

Rule changes for this year’s competition have yet to be finalized, with the most notable shift likely to be a player draft for international signings.

The last major international event staged in Australia before the coronavirus lockdown was the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final in March, when Australia beat India in front of more than 86,000 spectators in Melbourne.

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