The highly anticipated Women’s Big Bash League 2023-24 is all set to kick off on October 19, promising cricket enthusiasts a thrilling season filled with remarkable talent and exciting matches. The tournament opener features a clash between two formidable teams, the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars, at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney, Australia.
The Women’s Big Bash League, affectionately known as WBBL, was introduced in the 2015-16 season, and it has since become a significant platform for women’s T20 cricket. As it enters its ninth edition in 2023-24, the WBBL continues to showcase the best of women’s cricket talent.
A Look at the Teams:
Eight franchises from Australia’s premier domestic T20 cricket league for women are competing in the tournament. These teams include:
- Adelaide Strikers
- Melbourne Stars
- Hobart Hurricanes
- Melbourne Renegades
- Perth Scorchers
- Sydney Thunder
- Brisbane Heat
- Sydney Sixers
While each team is a powerhouse in its own right, the WBBL has witnessed some standout performances over the years. Teams like Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers, and Brisbane Heat have been the most successful, with two titles each to their names. In the previous season, the Adelaide Strikers etched their name in history by clinching their first Women’s Big Bash League title, defeating the Sydney Sixers in a thrilling final.
The Tournament Format:
The league phase of the WBBL, scheduled from October 19 to November 26, comprises 56 matches, ensuring ample cricketing action for fans. Each team will face-off in 14 round-robin fixtures, playing two matches against each of the other seven sides in the competition.
The intensity amplifies during the knockout phase, where the top four teams from the league stage battle it out for supremacy. This stage includes:
- Eliminator: Third-placed team vs. Fourth-placed team.
- Challenger: Second-placed team vs. Winner of the Eliminator.
While the dates and venues for the Eliminator and Challenger are yet to be announced, all eyes will be on the grand finale of the Women’s Big Bash League. This final showdown will feature the top team from the league stage against the victor of the Challenger, and it will take place on December 2.
Don’t Miss the Action:
As a cricket enthusiast, you wouldn’t want to miss any of the electrifying moments from this season’s Women’s Big Bash League. The schedule features a plethora of exciting matches, ensuring that there’s something for every fan.
If you’re tuning in from India, you can catch the live action via the Disney+Hotstar app and website, providing live streaming of all the WBBL 2023-24 matches. For those preferring traditional television broadcasts, the Star Sports Network in India will be telecasting the matches live, allowing you to experience the thrill of the WBBL from the comfort of your home.
So mark your calendars and get ready for a season filled with breathtaking performances, fierce rivalries, and unforgettable moments. The Women’s Big Bash League is back, and it’s set to enthrall cricket lovers around the world.
Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2023-24 schedule and live India match times
All timings as per India Standard Time (IST)
|October 19, Thursday||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars||Sydney||2:10 PM|
|October 20, Friday||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat||Melbourne||9:30 PM|
|October 20, Friday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers||Launceston||1:40 PM|
|October 21, Saturday||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars||Adelaide||1:40 PM|
|October 22, Sunday||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars||Sydney||8:10 AM|
|October 22, Sunday||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers||Sydney||11:15 AM|
|October 23, Monday||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers||Melbourne||9:30 PM|
|October 24, Tuesday||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers||Melbourne||9:00 AM|
|October 24, Tuesday||Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat||Sydney||12:40 PM|
|October 25, Wednesday||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Perth||1:40 PM|
|October 26, Thursday||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades||Sydney||9:30 AM|
|October 27, Friday||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Brisbane||11:10 AM|
|October 27, Friday||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars||Brisbane||3:00 PM|
|October 28, Saturday||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers||Melbourne||6:30 AM|
|October 29, Sunday||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers||Melbourne||9:30 AM|
|October 29, Sunday||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat||Adelaide||1:40 PM|
|October 30, Monday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||Launceston||12:40 PM|
|October 31, Tuesday||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers||Perth||2:40 PM|
|November 1, Wednesday||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder||Melbourne||9:30 AM|
|November 2, Thursday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||Hobart||1:40 PM|
|November 3, Friday||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers||Perth||11:40 AM|
|November 3, Friday||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades||Perth||3:10 PM|
|November 4, Saturday||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder||Melbourne||9:30 AM|
|November 4, Saturday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat||Hobart||1:00 PM|
|November 5, Sunday||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades||Perth||8:10 AM|
|November 5, Sunday||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Perth||11:55 AM|
|November 6, Monday||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat||Sydney||12:40 PM|
|November 8, Wednesday||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers||Melbourne||9:30 AM|
|November 8, Wednesday||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades||Adelaide||1:40 PM|
|November 9, Thursday||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes||Sydney||9:30 AM|
|November 9, Thursday||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers||Brisbane||1:40 PM|
|November 10, Friday||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars||Sydney||9:50 AM|
|November 10, Friday||Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Sydney||1:40 PM|
|November 11, Saturday||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers||Melbourne||8:30 AM|
|November 11, Saturday||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers||Mackay||1:40 PM|
|November 12, Sunday||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder||Melbourne||4:40 AM|
|November 12, Sunday||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars||Melbourne||8:10 AM|
|November 13, Monday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers||Hobart||12:40 PM|
|November 15, Wednesday||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||Brisbane||6:30 AM|
|November 15, Wednesday||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder||Adelaide||10:00 AM|
|November 16, Thursday||Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers||Sydney||10:00 AM|
|November 17, Friday||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes||Brisbane||10:40 AM|
|November 17, Friday||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades||Brisbane||2:10 PM|
|November 18, Saturday||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers||Sydney||9:30 AM|
|November 18, Saturday||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers||Sydney||1:40 PM|
|November 19, Sunday||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes||Melbourne||4:40 AM|
|November 19, Sunday||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat||Melbourne||8:10 AM|
|November 21, Tuesday||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||Sydney||9:30 AM|
|November 21, Tuesday||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers||Brisbane||1:40 PM|
|November 22, Wednesday||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars||Perth||2:40 PM|
|November 23, Thursday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades||Hobart||1:40 PM|
|November 24, Friday||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder||Adelaide||10:10 AM|
|November 24, Friday||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers||Adelaide||1:40 PM|
|November 25, Saturday||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades||Melbourne||12:40 PM|
|November 26, Sunday||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers||Sydney||4:40 AM|
|November 26, Sunday||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder||Sydney||8:10 AM|
|December 2, Saturday||Final||TBD||1:40 PM|