Big Bash to return to the Gold Coast as part of revamped schedule

Good news cricket fans, the Big Bash will return to the Gold Coast at the end of the year.

Cricket Australia has unveiled the fixtures for the 2019/20 season, with a massive finals series part of a new revamped schedule.

Following a number of complaints about the length of last season, CA has decided to cut it back, with the season to be played across 41 days from December 17 to January 27. The final seven home and away homes will be crammed into the Australia Day long weekend.


The new-look finals series, which will allow the teams who finished first and second to earn a second chance, will start on January 30 and run across two weekends, culminating in a Saturday night decider on February 8.

The Brisbane Heat will launched the BBL09 season at the Gabba on Tuesday December 17 against the Sydney Thunder.

The Heat will again play two matches at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium, with pre-Christmas clash against the Melbourne Stars on 20 December and a New Year’s Day evening game against first-time visitors Perth Scorchers.

There will also be another match on the Coast between the Melbourne Stars and the Adelaide Strikes on December 27.

All Gold Coast games will start at 6.10pm.

“The Heat know that we bring families together during the summer holidays and to have the first ball bowled at 6.10pm will be a positive for the mums and dads and kids that come along to the Gabba and Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast,’’ Brisbane General Manager Andrew McShea said.

“All of our regular season home games will be played during the school holidays which is also very attractive to our fans,” McShea said.

“We think a night game in prime time on New Year’s Day on the Gold Coast is pretty special and we’ve got a day game at the Gabba as well during January which is a bit different, so we’re keen to do things a little differently for that match.”

“With our principal partner CUA renewed for another three years recently, we have some excellent momentum off the field and there are a number of elements we are looking forward to unveiling in the lead-up to the first game.”

“Having the rebel WBBL as a stand-alone competition for the first time from October through to December is a wonderful opportunity for us as a club to spread the word to our existing fans as well as attract new supporters,” he said.

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann said he was excited to be making his return to the teal team after being the club’s foundation coach.

“The BBL has come a long way since we started it, but I know the Brisbane Heat playing and coaching staff will be ready to enjoy ourselves and entertain our fans when we hit the ground,’’ he said.

“I’m looking forward to the games at Metricon Stadium too because it looked fantastic last season when the Heat hosted the first BBL games there.”

“We’re currently working on our plans for the lead-in to the BBL and the season proper and obviously are keen to finalise our squad as soon as possible,’’ said Lehmann, who will travel to the United Kingdom during the Ashes series.

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