Tasmania takes new ball on this year’s WBBL

Peter Gutwein,Premier

In a massive coup for our cricket-loving State, the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will begin right here in Tasmania with the first 20 matches to be held at venues across the State.

The first match will be the Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, on the evening of Thursday 14 October, at Blundstone Arena, and the first match featuring our own Hobart Hurricanes vs the Melbourne Renegades will be played on Saturday 16 October, also at Blundstone Arena.

This is fantastic news and will showcase our State to the rest of the nation, along with presenting significant opportunities for local businesses who will benefit from the increase in trade.

Importantly, the health and safety of Tasmanians remain paramount and COVID-safe protocols will be strictly adhered to in hosting these games.

Players will operate under strict pre-departure protocols before arriving and quarantining in Tasmania, with the hotel quarantine facilities used to be separate to the current domestic quarantine hotels used by returning Tasmanians.

COVID testing of players will continue whilst in quarantine, in line with existing protocols, and players from teams approved to leave quarantine to train will only be permitted to leave following the return of a negative COVID test.

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