The decision has been made in line with Cricket Australia’s commitment to giving all formats and competitions the best chance of completing a full season.
The three games to be moved are:
• January 13: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, originally scheduled to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium at 7:15pm AEDT
• January 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, originally scheduled to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground at 6:40pm AEDT
• January 18: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, originally scheduled to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium at 7:15pm AEDT
All matches will now be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra in line with ACT Health directions and with existing start times retained. Tickets to all three matches will be available for purchase from 5:00pm AEDT today (Friday, January 8) at cricket.com.au/tickets.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said:
“The decision to move these three matches from Sydney to Canberra has been taken to ensure the continuation of the KFC BBL|10 season despite the ongoing public health situation and related state border closures.
“The logistical complexities of the KFC BBL, with multiple movements of multiple groups across multiple state borders, means moving these games gives us the best possible chance of executing a full season. This differs from the logistics of the ongoing Vodafone Test Series, which requires fewer movements across state borders to execute a full series.
“These movements have been made easier by the successful implementation of and detailed planning behind the bio secure hubs in each market, which have allowed us to effectively safeguard the competition.
“We understand this will be disappointing news for the thousands of passionate Sixers and Thunder members and fans in Sydney. We want those fans to know that we greatly appreciate their support and know they’ll be tuning in to cheer their teams on.
“We’d like to thank the ACT Government, Venues Canberra, Cricket ACT, our broadcast partners, our KFC BBL clubs - in particular the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers – and their players and staff and all other partners involved in the execution of these matches for their cooperation, flexibility and understanding.
“As part of our ongoing monitoring of the situation in Sydney, we will consider whether or not we need to make any decisions on the remaining matches in Sydney in due course.”
Lee Germon, Cricket NSW CEO, reiterated Dobson’s comments around the Sydney fans.
“Like everyone we are disappointed we aren’t able to host this block of games in Sydney,” Germon said.
“Along with CA and other partners we did all we could to keep the matches at the SCG and Sydney Showgrounds Stadium because we know how much our fans and supporters love attending Sixers and Thunder matches.
“Although our teams are not playing these matches in Sydney I know our players have greatly appreciated the support they have received throughout the BBL already and both clubs will do all we can to repay that faith and support from our fans."