The Women Big Bash League (WBBL) is the Australian women’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. The WBBL replaced the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup, which ran from the 2007–08 season through to 2014–15. The competition features eight city-based franchises, branded identically to the men’s Big Bash League (BBL). Teams are made up of current and former Australian national team members, the country’s best young talent, and up to three overseas marquee players.
Sporting goods retailer Rebel was the official naming rights partner for Women Big Bash League|01 and has since extended its sponsorship for a further five seasons. Seven Network and Fox Cricket are the current TV broadcast partners, televising 36 games of WBBL|06.
The Women Big Bash League, which originally ran alongside the BBL, has experienced a steady increase in media coverage and popularity since its inception, moving to a fully standalone schedule for WBBL|05. In 2018, ESPNcricinfo included the inaugural season in its 25 Moments That Changed Cricket series, calling it “the tournament that kick-started a renaissance”.
To date, the Sydney Sixers have been the most successful team, appearing in each of the first four finals and winning two titles. The Brisbane Heat are current back-to-back champions.