We are sure that most cricket fans are excited about the return of women’s Big Bash Cricket! The Women’s Big Bash League, which is also known as WBBL, is a domestic Twenty20 cricket competition based in Australia.
The WBBL initially ran from the 2007/08 season through until 2014/15. While there was a small break, the Big Bash League came back in 2018, and we’re getting ready for WBBL 08 now!
To keep the excitement coming, we decided to take a look at three fun and interesting facts about the return of the women’s Big Bash Cricket.
1. You can on WBBL this season
A lot of people do not realise that you can actually bet on the BBL cricket on Sportsbet with bitcoin. There are then a number of other online sportsbooks that allow you to place bets with your usual fiat currency.
Of course, we must stress the importance of online betting on these matches with money you can afford to lose. However, for many, betting on different markets enhances the fun while watching WBBL matches.
2. There have been a number of personnel changes ahead of the new season
As you may have expected, there have been a number of significant personnel changes. Let’s start with local player movements first.
Erin Osborne, of the Melbourne Stars, has retired. We have also seen Sasha Moloney move from the Hobart Hurricanes to Melbourne Stars. Tayla Vlaeminck is another departure from the Hurricanes, moving to Melbourne Renegades. There have been some incomings for the club, though, as Heather Graham has arrived from Perth Scorchers.
There have been some overseas moves too. This includes Danni Wyatt to Brisbane Heat, Hayley Matthews to Melbourne Renegades, Chamari Athapaththu to Melbourne Renegades, and Maddy Green to Perth Scorchers.
3. There have been three coaching changes
Not only have we seen some players move teams, but there have been three coaching changes ahead of the WBBL 08 season. These are as follows:
- Dan Marsh has replaced Salliann Beams as head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes
- Charlotte Edwards has replaced Ben Sawyer as head coach of the Sydney Sixers
- Jonathan Batty has replaced Jarrad Loughman as head coach of the Melbourne Stars
We have seen these coaches already make their mark. Both Batty and Marsh appointed new captains, with Nicole Faltum the new captain of Melbourne Stars and Elyse Villani the new captain of Hobart Hurricanes.
Are you excited about the return of the women’s Big Bash Cricket?
Hopefully, you have learned a few things about WBBL that you did not previously know.
We are certainly in for an exciting season ahead. After two campaigns that were impacted by Covid-19, the WBBL is finally back to a nationwide format, meaning we get to see all eight sides face one another in genuine home and away games. Let the fun begin!