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BBL beats season of uncertainty


Head of the Big Bash, Alistair Dobson, reflects on the season which brought strong viewing figures and what comes next

The players were centrestage at the SCG on Saturday evening, with Sydney Sixers the side celebrating at the end of night, but there were many behind the scenes for who it was a triumph as well.

A 61-game season, traversing across Australia amid Covid-19 outbreaks and ever-changing border restrictions, came to a conclusion in front of more than 25,000 people which took the overall ground attendances for the season to over half a million. And even the rain stayed away.

Right up until the final few days, there were hurdles to the overcome, the last of them the snap lockdown in Perth which forced the Challenger final to be switched hastily to Canberra and denied Perth Scorchers home advantage in the west. They overcame that against Brisbane Heat, but the Sixers were too good in the final.

After months in hubs and bubbles, more quarantine was awaiting the Scorchers players heading back to Perth on Sunday. Two weeks in managed isolation was next on the list for those in Australia’s T20 squad flying to New Zealand.

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