The Australian Big Bash League (BBL) has come out of their tradition of having six host venues for the tournament. The city of Canberra is set to become the 10th venue of the league with the Sydney Thunders set to take on the Melbourne Renegades on January 24th at the Manuka Oval. The Australian capital will host a BBL match after almost three years. The final of 14-15 season between the Sydney Thunders & the Perth Scorchers were played at this venue. Cricket Australia’s event & league’s manager,
Anthony Everard said, “”This is designed to drive cricket’s strategy to ultimately continue to be Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians,” Anthony Everard, the Cricket Australia events and leagues manager, said. “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.” The tournament will start on December 19th. The final will played on February 4th.