The Sydney Thunder will return to Canberra this summer for a pair of blockbuster Big Bash League games including their BBL|11 season opener against the Brisbane Heat on December 6.
With the support of the ACT Government, the Thunder will then return to Manuka Oval on December 28 to play last season’s runner’s up, the Perth Scorchers.
Manuka hosted 13 games during last summer’s BBL as teams from around the country were locked out of their home state at various stages due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Given the circumstances last year, we were delighted to be in a position to step in and host an incredible 13 BBL matches across the summer and contribute to the overall success of the KFC BBL|10 season,” Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton said.
“Manuka Oval is a world-class venue and with the support of the ACT Government, Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW, we were extremely proud of our collective ability to deliver a large volume of cricket to extremely high standards, often at very short notice.
"We are delighted to have the Thunder back in Canberra this summer and give our local fans the opportunity to watch their favourite players in action."
This year, with a full home and away schedule planned, and existing Venue Hire Agreements in place, the Thunder will return to Sydney Showground Stadium for their other five home games.
“Manuka was a fantastic venue last year that was able to step in and host more than a dozen BBL games when the competition really needed it so we are excited to be able to come back for two Sydney Thunder games this summer,” Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said.
“There is no doubt that Canberra is a second home for the Thunder and they have had some memorable games there.
“Hopefully the locals can get behind their team again and the Thunder can put on a great show before we return to our spiritual home in Sydney’s west.”
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the Thunder would be welcomed to Canberra.
“Off the back of successful summers of cricket at Manuka Oval it will be great to see the BBL return to Canberra,” Barr said.
“Canberrans love their cricket and have embraced the Sydney Thunder. We look forward to seeing them in action on 6 December.”
Tickets are expected to go on sale in the coming months.
Canberra’s upcoming summer of cricket
BBL|11 | Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat | December 6 | Manuka Oval, 7.15pm
BBL|11 | Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers | December 28 | Manuka Oval, 7.15pm
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes – Test | Australia v England | January 27 – January 30 | Manuka Oval (BUY TICKETS*)
Dettol Men’s T20I Series | Australia v New Zealand | February 8 | Manuka Oval (BUY TICKETS*)
Prime Ministers XI | Details TBC
* Matches will be sold to 100% capacity with tickets to be fully refunded if the venue is required to reduce capacity due to the ongoing pandemic.