The Melbourne Renegades will play an away match in Canberra for the first time when the Big Bash cricket returns to Manuka Oval for the first time since the KFC BBL|04 Final.
Sydney Thunder will host the Renegades as part of an expanded season that will see each team play two additional games.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard was excited to welcome back the Big Bash to Canberra for the upcoming season.
“Canberra is such a passionate Cricket market and we’re excited to be able to bring the BBL to Canberra again and also the WBBL for the first time, particularly with the response shown when we hosted the BBL 04 Final here. We applaud the Thunder for their leadership shown to grow the game and expand our fan base beyond traditional markets and demographics and also thank the ACT Government for their support.
“This is designed to drive cricket’s strategy to ultimately continue to be Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians.
“A club-by-club approach has been 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."
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr believes the fixtures would provide another example of the region’s passion for major sporting events.
“Our investment to bring world class cricket to Canberra on a regular basis has been well received by the community, and we were keen to ensure that Canberrans had an opportunity this summer to come out to Manuka Oval to watch some of the best cricket stars in the world,” said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
"We have worked with Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT to bring the Thunder and Renegades to Canberra, and I'm confident the match will be hugely popular.
“We’ve demonstrated success hosting the Cricket World Cup, the Big Bash Final and regular international matches in the past, and we’re excited to bring the Big Bash League back to Canberra.”