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Foreign players’ availability will be a big issue in WBBL 2024 – Here is why

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The tenth season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is set to commence just a week after the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, raising potential concerns about foreign players’ availability. Cricket Australia (CA) remains optimistic about assembling a strong roster of international talent despite these challenges.

This season, the competition has been condensed to a 40-game regular season, focusing on evening matches to maximize primetime viewership. Enhanced technology will be utilized to ensure a superior viewing experience. Nominations for the overseas draft are open, with some clubs securing players on multi-year deals ahead of the draft scheduled for early September.

Foreign players’ unavailability will be a big challenge this WBBL

However, not all international stars will participate this season. England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt has announced her unavailability due to scheduling conflicts. Despite these setbacks, CA is confident in maintaining the league’s high standards with a robust lineup of overseas players.

The WBBL schedule faces additional pressure from overlapping international series, particularly post-season, but the expansion of the stadium series promises to boost attendance and viewership. Iconic venues such as the Gabba, MCG, SCG, and Adelaide Oval will host games, offering fans an enhanced experience.

The final day of the regular season will coincide with an Australia-India Test match in Perth, allowing for cross-promotion and increased audience engagement. To improve match accuracy, all games will feature a third umpire for line calls, such as run-outs and stumpings, and DRS will be available in selected matches.

As the WBBL prepares for its landmark tenth season, fans can look forward to an exciting mix of innovation, star power, and top-tier cricket action.

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