Mitchell Johnson has starred in this year's Big Bsh League.
Mitchell Johnson has starred in this year's Big Bsh League. Will Russell

Big Bash expansion set for next season

CRICKET Australia is adding to the number of matches on its Big Bash League fixture.

Last month CA flagged its intention to increase the number of matches as the Twenty20 juggernaut rolls on, drawing huge crowds and TV viewers.

From next summer the now-annual competition will increase from 32 matches to 40 games - meaning each of the eight BBL clubs will now play 10 matches (5 home, 5 away).

That number will rise from eight matches per club this summer.

Regional centres, and potentially overseas markets, may also earn the chance to host matches, with BBL boss Anthony Everard saying clubs would have the chance to show off the hugely popular competition in new areas.

"We haven't yet finalised the locations of these additional matches, but we are working closely with clubs to explore options," BBL chief Anthony Everard said.

"A state-by-state approach will be taken to determine the most appropriate location to host this additional fixture, taking into account aspects including existing contractual obligations, participation and fan growth opportunities, and venue infrastructure.

"The opportunity to expand matches into non-traditional markets is not just limited to the men's game.

"We are working to see how we can also schedule Women's Big Bash League matches in these new venues, once they are finalised.

"We're always looking at opportunities to grow the game and expand our fan base beyond traditional markets and demographics."

However, CA will not yet expand the number of clubs in the competition.

The announcement means the likely bidding war for TV rights is set to heat up further.

The Perth Scorchers host the Sydney Sixers in Saturday's BBL06 final.


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