Women's BBL aiming to be world best women's sport

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WBBL administrators have set themselves the lofty target of making the T20 cricket tournament the best women's sport in the world.

Amy Satterwaite and Suzie Bates will captain two of the eight teams in the competition.
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Many of the world's best female cricketers are playing for the eight franchises in the competition, which starts this weekend.

The tournament got a major off-field boost and vote of confidence on Thursday with the announcement that inaugural naming rights sponsor Rebel had signed on for three more seasons starting from 2018-19.

Cricket Australia head of Big Bash Kim McConnie said it would be easy for the competition to keep developing momentum as it was only in its third year and had room for growth.

"We've got all the ingredients to make this the best and biggest women's sport in the world," McConnie told AAP.

"The cricket fan base is global, so much of our fan base is beyond the borders of Australia.

"We are bringing together the best female cricketers in the world, also the atmosphere and fun ... that's a pretty compelling combination."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  (L-R)  Suzie Bates of the Adelaide Strikers, Georgia Elwiss of the Melbourne Stars, Harmanpreet Kaur of the Sydney Thunder, Amy Satterthwaite of the Melbourne Renegades, Piepa Cleary of the Perth Scorchers, Ellyse Perry of the Sydney Sixers, Beth Mooney of the Brisbane Heat and Erin Fazackerley of the Hobart Hurricanes pose during the 2017-18 WBBL Women's Big Bash League season launch at Carriageworks on December 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Suzie Bates of the Adelaide Strikers, Georgia Elwiss of the Melbourne Stars, Harmanpreet Kaur of the Sydney Thunder, Amy Satterthwaite of the Melbourne Renegades, Piepa Cleary of the Perth Scorchers, Ellyse Perry of the Sydney Sixers, Beth Mooney of the Brisbane Heat and Erin Fazackerley of the Hobart Hurricanes pose during the 2017-18 WBBL Women's Big Bash League season launch in Sydney.

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Despite her big ambitions for the WBBL, McConnie believes the biggest indicator of the competition's success will be what impact it has on the sport's grassroots.

"As it relates to the WBBL, ultimately it's about aspiring more kids and more girls to play cricket," she said.

WBBL03 will consist of 59 matches across 57 days played at over 20 venues.

"What gets me most excited is expansion," McConnie said.

"The fact that we're going to Geelong, Launceston, Canberra and even Alice Springs."

Admission to stand alone WBBL games will be free, though there will be several double headers with the men's BBL.

There are 12 games to be broadcast on Network Ten and the other 47 live streamed through the Mamamia website.

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