2022-23 Big Bash League: Sydney Thunder to take on Melbourne Stars in opener on December 13

Three new venues – Lavington Sports Ground in Albury, Cazalys Stadium in Cairns and North Sydney Oval – will stage home matches for Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers respectively.

Perth Scorchers won their 4th title after defeating Sydney Sixers in the 2021–22 BBL.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars will play in opener
  • 17 venues will host the upcoming 2022-23 BBL
  • Perth Scorchers won their 4th title in 2021-22 BBL

Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars in the curtain raiser of the 12th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), Cricket Australia announced on Thursday.

The final of the tournament has been scheduled for February 4 as the Australian cricket board has said that it is prioritising the return of spectators to grounds after two Covid-hit years.

As many as 17 venues will host the upcoming season, including three new venues – Lavington Sports Ground in Albury, Cazalys Stadium in Cairns and North Sydney Oval to stage home matches for Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers respectively.

“The 12th season is setting up to have everything we love about the Big Bash – great players, full stadiums of home fans and the best nights of entertainment anywhere this summer,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said in a statement.

“This schedule provides the platform for that, with a mix of world-class stadiums and regional venues, opportunities for player participation and all the marquee games that our fans love,” he added, with spectators being able to witness seven home matches this season.

Cricket Australia further stated: “This, combined with other exciting developments including the BBL 12 Draft for overseas players, make us incredibly excited for the season ahead.”

“The schedule also includes minimal overlap with men’s and women’s international cricket, providing a fan-friendly viewing schedule and opportunities for players to take part in the BBL.”

Perth Scorchers won their fourth title after defeating Sydney Sixers in the 202122 Big Bash League final.

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