WBBL 07 Finals: The seventh season of the Women Big Bash League (WBBL) is all set to kickstart in Sydney on October 14, the date subject change as per the ongoing lockdowns and border closures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WBBL 07 is ready to get on stage with a revamped format, with major changes introduced in the tournament finals.
The revised format sees the top-ranked team receive quite an advantage as they battle it out throughout the 56-game regular season to make their way into the finals. Contrary to the previous rules, as per which the four qualifying teams were pitted against each other to pick the finalists according to the 1 v 4 and 2 v 3, the new format will require the third and the fourth-ranked team win two playoff games to make it to the final. Consequently, the top two teams will gain a major advantage in the eight-team contest.
Resultantly, the top-ranked team will directly progress to the final scheduled to take place on Saturday November 27 as per the current plans. The team will also win the right to host the tournament final.
Format for third & fourth placed teams:
The third and the fourth-ranked teams will square off against each other in the The Eliminator on Wednesday, November 24, if COVID permits. The winner of The Eliminator will then have to play against the second-ranked team in The Challenger on Thursday, November 25 to cement their place in the final. Both the matches will take place at the same venue.
“We are committed to ensuring cricket remains a leading sport for women and girls by holding a full, safe and successful Weber WBBL|07 season,” Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson said.
“We learnt many lessons from staging full WBBL and BBL seasons last summer and are confident of another safe and successful summer ahead.
“We’ll continue to work with our clubs, state and territory governments, health authorities and broadcasters in the lead up to the Weber WBBL 07 season, which remains on track to begin on October 14.”
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