The KFC Big Bash League has demonstrated its commitment to taking Australia’s most-watched sporting competition to fans around the country with the announcement of its revised schedule today. KFC BBL|10 launches on Thursday, December 10 with the opening stretch of matches to be played in Canberra and Tasmania.

The match-ups, start times and broadcasters for all KFC BBL|10 regular season games have been confirmed, and Cricket ACT is proud to announce that Manuka Oval will host 6 of the 21 matches scheduled for December. Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia are locked in for the remaining 15 matches to be played in December.

Venues for matches scheduled in the New Year will be announced in the coming weeks. The League hopes the easing of border restrictions around the country will allow matches to be played in every state throughout the tournament. The health and safety of players, staff and fans will always remain the number one priority.

All matches will be broadcast live on Foxtel, with the Seven Network airing 17 matches in December live. Information regarding tickets will be released in due course.

Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp said “We are delighted by this opportunity to bring more elite level cricket to the Canberra community with these fixtures being added to our Summer schedule in alongside to the Men’s International matches between Australia and India.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the ACT Government and Venues Canberra for working together with Australian Cricket to bring these fixtures to Manuka Oval. Cricket ACT has been a proud supporter of the KFC BBL through our partnership with the Sydney Thunder, and we are excited to increase our involvement with the BBL.

“To see five of the eight BBL teams play in Canberra during December brings the best T20 cricketers in the world to Manuka Oval. While we are sure Canberrans will be supporting the Thunder Nation, we know that our community will be thrilled with the announcement and every match will be played in a fantastic atmosphere at the best white ball cricket venue in Australia.”

“Hosting a comprehensive summer of cricket in Canberra will generate a range of economic, social and community benefits, including supporting jobs across multiple sectors of the economy and promoting Canberra and the ACT to a global audience. The summer of cricket will also continue to play an important role inspiring community cohesion and participation.”

Sydney Thunder captain Callum Ferguson said he welcomed the news his team would play their opening block of matches of this summer’s KFC Big Bash League at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The ACT is an important piece in Thunder Nation – the name given to the territory the club represents – and the team enjoys tremendous support from their home crowd whenever they play there.

“This is great news for us because Canberra is our second home, and I love that the fans have really rallied behind us at Manuka Oval,” Ferguson said. “They always come out in their droves, and I’ve seen the stadium look like a sea of green on a number of occasions. We plan to put on a big show for our fans there over the summer.”

“The ground is fantastic, the change rooms and facilities are great, and the atmosphere at the ground is another thing,” he enthused. “Add to that the fantastic support we enjoy at Manuka Oval and you’ll understand why we love getting whatever opportunity possible to play there. It also helps that we’ve also enjoyed a lot of success in Canberra.”

“The ACT government have been fantastic in playing a huge role in getting the BBL up and running for this summer by allowing us to come in and start a hub in Canberra and play games at Manuka Oval,” he said. “We can’t possibly thank the ACT government enough for putting its hand up and wanting to be a part of it all.

Sydney Thunder’s Acting General Manager Chris Botherway said the club was excited to be returning to Canberra.

“Big Bash cricket in Canberra continues to be one of the highlights of our summer,” he said. “The ACT and Regional NSW form an important part of our Thunder Nation with the Club continues to be committed to making a real and meaningful difference to our communities.

“We’re more excited than ever to be returning in December, bringing the excitement and energy of the BBL. Sydney Thunder wants to thank the ACT Government, Cricket ACT and Cricket Australia for their collaboration and energy in bringing this to life.”  

Yvette Berry, ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Sport and Recreation, said “It is great to be announcing the dates for Canberrans to head out to Manuka Oval and cheer on their teams in the Big Bash League. This has been a different year for all of us, and particularly disruptive and challenging for the sports and their fans.

“This is a great opportunity for young aspiring cricketers to watch elite level sport. It’s so important for young people to have access to these kinds of events because you can’t be what you can’t see.

“Cricket Australia and Cricket ACT have worked well, together with the ACT Government, to bring this exciting event to Canberra, making sure that it goes ahead in a COVID-Safe manner.”

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said, “This is without doubt the most complex fixturing task ever undertaken by the League and we are excited with where it has landed. It has been a difficult year for so many people around Australia and we look forward to bringing the BBL to every state should border conditions allow us to.

“The League would like to thank the Australian, Tasmanian, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and South Australia state governments for their support of the KFC BBL|10 season. We also thank the other state and territory governments for their ongoing support as we confirm plans to take matches to more markets in January.

“We also wish to thank our State and Territory Associations and Clubs, broadcast partners Seven, Foxtel and SEN, commercial partners including KFC, BKT, Toyota, and Sanitarium and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support throughout this process.”

Manuka Oval fixtures (local start time):

  • 11 December 2020: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat (7:15PM)
  • 12 December 2020: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder (4:05PM)
  • 14 December 2020: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat (7:15PM)
  • 22 December 2020: Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers (7:15PM)
  • 26 December 2020: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades (6:10PM)
  • 29 December 2020: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars (7:15PM)