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'WBBL Ready To Stand On Own'

04 February 2018

The two captains of the Rebel Women's Big Bash League finalists say the competition is ready to step from the shadows of the men and run on its own.

The Sydney Sixers meet the Perth Scorchers in Sunday's final at Adelaide Oval in a fixture starting before midday as part of a finale double-header with the KFC Big Bash League.

Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry and Scorchers counterpart Elyse Villani believe their tournament is ripe to become its own stand-alone competition.

"I definitely do," Villani told reporters on Saturday in Adelaide.

"Heading towards the (women's) T20 World Cup in 2020, that is a stand-alone competition.

"I think that is a move that I think Cricket Australia (CA) make soon.

"We're definitely ready for it and looking forward to the challenge of continuing to create our own brand."

Perry said having the WBBL as a stand-alone tournament was on the agenda of CA hierarchy.

"I know they have got plans to potentially make this competition a stand-alone competition," Perry said.

"But at the same time, we want to make sure that this is built on really strong foundations; that there's a wonderful support and following of the game; that people are interested and want to turn up and watch it.

"And I think we have shown that a number of times this year - and the same with the (women's) Ashes series and the amount of people that came out to that.

"The more we keep growing, the more opportunities we have to showcase the game; the more and more it's going to turn into its own product."

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