BBL unveils earliest ever competition start

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Cricket Australia has unveiled the fixtures for this summer's Big Bash League, with the contention acceptable to commencement earlier than ever before.

The home-and-away season, which is made up of 56 games successful 46 days, starts connected December 3 with the defending champions Sydney Sixers hosting the Melbourne Stars astatine the SCG.

The earlier commencement day means the regular play is completed connected January 19, allowing the last to beryllium played connected January 28, the archetypal clip since the 2016-17 play the contention hasn't spilled into February.

A full of 14 venues volition beryllium utilized crossed 7 antithetic states and territories, including matches successful Geelong and Coffs Harbour.

However BBL brag Alistair Dobson concedes the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns could inactive unit a change.

"Like each leagues globally, we stay conscious of the request to beryllium agile successful effect to the challenges of the pandemic," helium said.

"We are assured that the acquisition obtained done our palmy completion of the BBL|10 run volition clasp america successful bully stead arsenic we present the champion imaginable contention for our players and fans."

Sydney Sixers players observe their triumph successful BBL10. (Getty)

No lucifer has been scheduled for Christmas Day, a statement that has been festering for a fig of years, with nary wide bulk either way.

Likewise, Australia's Test players person again each but been ruled retired of the BBL, with the Ashes bid starting connected December 8 and concluding connected January 18.

A projected draught for overseas players, archetypal mooted earlier BBL|10, has again been postponed.

"We've retained the aforesaid overseas subordinate contracting operation arsenic past play and expect different apical prime radical of cricketers volition onshore connected our shores and delight our fans this summer," Dobson said.

Teams volition again beryllium capable to nominate 3 overseas players successful their 18-man squads.

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