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The Gabba and Adelaide Oval (both in Australia) are among the venues in four States that have been lined up to host the opening matches during the forthcoming KFC Big Bash League.

The Big Bash League is an Australian professional franchise Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia – the national governing body for the game in Australia.

The match-ups, start times and broadcasters for all regular season games have been confirmed, with facilities in Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland and South Australia locked in for the initial 21 matches to be played in December.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), known as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) until 1938, is a federal territory of Australia containing the Australian capital City of Canberra and some surrounding townships. It is located in the South-East of the country and is an enclave within the State of New South Wales (NSW).

Venues for KFC BBL|10 matches scheduled in the New Year will be announced in the coming weeks, with organizers hoping to incorporate other States by then.

A spokesperson said in a statement, “The League hopes the easing of border restrictions around the country will allow matches to be played in every State throughout the tournament. The health and safety of players, staff and fans will always remain the No. 1 priority.”

KFC BBL|10 launches on December 10th with the opening stretch of matches to be played in Tasmania and Canberra. The 20,000-capacity Blundstone Arena in Tasmania will host the season opener between the Hobart Hurricanes and defending champions Sydney Sixers, where crowds of up to 10,000 will be allowed. Matches will also be played at University of Tasmania Stadium and Manuka Oval (sports venue in Griffith, Australia) in this period.

The Hobart Hurricanes are an Australian professional men’s T20 franchise cricket team based in Tasmania, Australia. They compete in Australia’s domestic T20 cricket competition known as the Big Bash League, which is a league where many international players compete.

The Sydney Sixers are an Australian professional franchise men’s cricket team competing in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.

From December 23rd, matches will also be held in Queensland at the Gabba and Metricon Stadium. The first KFC BBL|10 fixture in South Australia will be at Adelaide Oval on December 28th.

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s head of Big Bash Leagues, observed, “This is without doubt the most complex fixturing task ever undertaken by the League and we are excited with where it has landed. It has been a difficult year for so many people around Australia and we look forward to bringing the BBL to every State should border conditions allow us to.”

Added Dobson, “We are working through scenarios for the remaining 35 regular season matches and finals series to be played in the New Year with our clubs, broadcasters, partners and Governments. An announcement on these venues will be made in the coming weeks. The KFC BBL is by far and away the most watched sporting league in the country on a per-match basis and we look forward to that continuing as we celebrate 10 years of the Big Bash.”

Meanwhile, the Lankan Premier League (LPL) has been given the go-ahead by the Sri Lankan Government following recent discussions with health authorities and the nation’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The tournament is now likely to start on November 27th – six days later than presently scheduled – and will almost certainly be played entirely at the 35,000-capacity Sooriywawewa Stadium in Hambantota (town in Sri Lanka). Plans to stage few games at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy (Sri Lanka) have been dropped.

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