BBL - Heat v Scorchers
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Mitch Marsh of the Scorchers bats during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers at Marvel Stadium, on January 17, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)
BBL - Heat v Scorchers

The Perth Scorchers may have been the dominant force throughout this season's Big Bash League, but that doesn't mean they'll be hosting any finals cricket in Perth.

With the tournament heading into its final day of the regular season and the Perth Scorchers perched atop the table, they would have hosting rights to the qualifier and either the final or the challenger, pending on their result in the first finals match.

The qualifier, which is slated for Saturday evening, sees the top two teams from the regular season square off for a chance to advance straight to the final, which the winner would host.

The loser then gets a second chance in a knockout game called the challenger, another game they would host against the winner of the knockout, which is played by third place on the table against the winner of the fourth and fifth-placed eliminator game.

However, Western Australia's tight border restrictions, which aren't due to lift until February 5, are set to rob the state of more cricket.

The city of Perth has already lost an Ashes Test and most of the BBL season, with the Scorchers playing just a single game at home this summer.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: A general view inside The New Perth Stadium on November 3, 2017 in Perth, Australia. The 60,000 seat multi-purpose Stadium features the biggest LED lighting system of its kind in the world, with with more than 15,000 LED lights installed for visual displays. Construction on the $1.4 Billion stadium started in December 2013, and is scheduled to official open on 21 January 2018. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

They are also set to lose the upcoming ODI between Australia and New Zealand, which was set to be played in the city on January 28, a week before the border restrictions lift on February 5.

It's likely the Scorchers will play their finals home matches in Melbourne, where all eight teams have been based for the past fortnight as Cricket Australia attempted to keep the tournament running in the face of COVID.

But that hasn't stopped Mitchell Marsh - who has scored 314 runs in guiding the Scorchers to 11 wins from 14 matches - from pleading with the Western Australian government to allow the Scorchers to play finals matches at Optus Stadium.

“Mr McGowan if you’re there, please let us come back to play,” he told Channel 7.

Fixtures for the Big Bash finals will be confirmed by Cricket Australia on Wednesday evening following the completion of the regular season, with a triple header set to see the Brisbane Heat play the Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder take on the Melbourne Renegades, and Melbourne Stars host the Hobart Hurricanes on the final day, with all of the Sixers, Thunder and Hurricanes positions still changeable in the top five.