Big Bash Cricket in Canberra this summer

Released 03/10/2017

The ACT Government will bring Big Bash Cricket to the nation’s capital this summer.

Through a partnership with Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW, both the men’s and women’s team from the Sydney Thunder will play a regular season match against the Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at Manuka Oval.

The Government was keen to work with Cricket Australia to ensure that there would be first class cricket at Manuka Oval this summer, and it’s great to have both the popular BBL and the WBBL coming to Canberra to entertain local cricket fans.

The ACT will host our first ever test cricket match in the 2018-19 summer, and having the BBL and the WBBL in Canberra this summer is an ideal lead up to the test match.

It’s also great to have the Sydney Thunder women’s team play the Melbourne Renegades as part of a double header at Manuka Oval.

I thank Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT for working with the Government to bring these matches to Canberra and I’m confident they will be a big success.

The Government has demonstrated success hosting the Cricket World Cup, the Big Bash Final and regular international matches in the past, and we’re excited to bring the Big Bash League back to Canberra.

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