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Empty Manuka Oval to host BBL match on short notice

Canberra has once again come to the rescue for the BBL after the Brisbane Heat were locked out of Victoria, causing their game against the Melbourne Renegades to be shifted to Manuka Oval.

The game was set to be played at Marvel Stadium on Thursday 14 January 7.15pm but will instead be played at Manuka at the same time.

Unfortunately for cricket fans, the game will be played behind closed doors with Cricket Australia’s (CA) Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson lamenting the fact there will be no fans in attendance.

“Unfortunately, given the operational difficulties in providing a safe and secure environment for fans to attend at such short notice, including the ACT Government’s requirement that all tickets go off sale 24 hours prior to the match, tickets to this match will not be available to the public,” Dobson said.

After already shifting three games from Sydney to Manuka last week, CA confirmed the remaining five matches to be played in Sydney this season have been moved to either Adelaide or Melbourne.

Dobson said these decisions were made to ensure the competition goes ahead and thanked the players and staff for their flexibility to adapt to the challenges.

“The decision to make these adjustments to the KFC BBL10 schedule was necessary to ensure the continuation of the season in light of the ongoing public health situation and related state border closures,” Dobson said.

“The movement of these games has been made possible thanks to a large group of stakeholders including Governments, our KFC BBL clubs and State and Territory Associations and our broadcast and commercial partners, whose hard work, understanding and flexibility we greatly appreciate.

“We’d also like to take the opportunity again to recognise the players, staff and match officials who have shown incredible resilience and flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing landscape and successfully implemented bio secure hubs in each market, which have allowed us to keep the BBL moving.”

BBL10 schedule changes (all times AEDT)

  • Jan 14: Renegades v Heat, moved from Marvel Stadium to Manuka Oval, 7.15pm
  • Jan 21: Strikers v Heat, moved from MCG to Adelaide Oval, 7:15pm
  • Jan 22: Sixers v Thunder, moved from SCG to Adelaide Oval, 7:15pm
  • Jan 24: Thunder v Strikers, moved from Sydney Showgrounds to Adelaide Oval, 4:05pm
  • Jan 24: Sixers v Hurricanes, moved from SCG to MCG, 7:15pm
  • Jan 25: Strikers v Thunder, moved from Sydney Showgrounds to Adelaide Oval, 7:15pm
  • Jan 26: Heat v Scorchers, moved from SCG to TBC, 1:05pm

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