Cricket Australia is considering reducing the Women's Big Bash League by 16 matches this summer as part of coronavirus cost cuts.
The men's and women's domestic summers are both at risk of being affected by financial fallout of the virus.
All options are believed to be on the table as Cricket Australia seeks to reduce its total costs by approximately 25 per cent, with the game having already experienced a heavy financial burden with 80 per cent of staff stood down.
AAP understands one proposal being floated is shortening the WBBL season to 10 games per side, down on the 14 played in all five editions of the tournament.
Clubs are likely to see budget forecasts in the next week of a 40 and 56-game regular season, before deciding if enough money is saved to justify the move without hurting the competition's integrity.
There is also the possibility that games could be played in a limited number of cities, such as Melbourne and Sydney, over a shorter time frame if it cuts costs.
The carnival-style format would allow just as many if not more games to be shown on TV, with broadcasters to maintain their set-up at each ground and double headers.
That would theoretically fall into line with a consideration to reduce the Sheffield Shield from 10 rounds to eight, which has been met with opposition from the players' union.
"Everything is on the table at the moment, we are exploring all options," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.
"Nothing has been confirmed as we try to find the best solution."
There is a feeling of agitation among some domestic female players, who are growing concerned over how their game will be affected.
Senior players including Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy have been adamant in recent weeks that now is the time to invest in women's cricket.
The game rode high on the back of record crowds and television ratings during the home Twenty20 World Cup, culminating in Australia's win in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG.
Last year's stand-alone WBBL was also a success with an average audience of 191,000 despite a number of game's being shown on Seven's secondary channel.
Perry has already stressed that women's sport should be seen as a growth opportunity for all codes.
"You cut games and people aren't going to get that game experience," Australian teammate Sophie Molineux said.
"To improve and develop as sports people, you want to be out there in the thick of it.
"Being involved in the WBBL over the past five or six years, to see how far that's come over the time - we'd be pretty silly to take a step back from that and stop the momentum.
"But I have every confidence in the people that are making those decisions that they'll keep women's cricket and its best interests at heart."
Molineux's Melbourne Renegades have already been affected, with coach Tim Coyle axed with the club blaming financial challenges as a result of the virus.
"That definitely hit home, when we saw Coyley go," Molineux said.
Australian Associated Press