The WBBL has enjoyed exponential growth through its first three seasons with impressive attendances and strong broadcast and streaming figures.
However, Cricket Australia has had to negotiate some growing pains with fixturing the BBL and WBBL side-by-side in an already busy summer schedule.
Speaking on Melbourne radio station SEN, Sutherland said the time was right for WBBL to feature as a standalone competition.
“In 2019-20 the women’s T20 Big Bash League will move into the October/November period,” Sutherland said.
“It will be the primary cricket that is on through that period.
“The reason why it’s not this year is because there is a World T20 event for the women in the Caribbean.”
The shift will mean women’s cricket will be the first form of the game to feature on free-to-air television in future summers.
Channel Seven has secured rights to telecast 23 rebel WBBL matches in WBBL|04 as part of Cricket Australia’s new landmark broadcast agreement.
The Adelaide Strikers qualified for WBBL finals for the first time in WBBL|03 and hosted the side’s maiden semi-final at Adelaide Oval.