Back with Big Bash 20-21
The Big Bash League often derivative as BBL or Big Bash. This is an Australian professional authorization of T20 format cricket league which was set up in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash league put back the previous competition. The competition has been supporting by Fast Food Chicken outlet KFC since its constitution the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and featured eight city-based authorization rather of the six state teams which had taken part preceding.
This is one of the biggest twenty20 cricket league in the wake of indian premier league .Eight teams take part in the league from different countries and manifest their mastery. The Sydney Sixer compete the Melbourne Renegades who beat Melbourne Stars in BBL(2018/2019) final. The champion of BBL (2019/2020) was Sydney sixer who compete Melbourne Stars by 19 runs in the last battle.
The league started in December and the matches played in Australia during the southern hemisphere summer and it ends in February.
The most successful and powerful team of the tournament is Perth Scorchers winning the title three and two years back to back wins. Six teams of the tournament take the trophy at least one time and all teams played aggressively in every season.
The current champion of BBL is Sydney sixer who beats the Melbourne Stars on 8 February 2020 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 12 overs games due to rain.
Back to 2014 there was a Twenty20 Champion League which was played between top domestic teams of various nations: and the top two teams of BBL used to qualify for the tournament it became extint after the 2014 tournament.
Director: Cricket Australia
Sponser: KFC and Rebel
1st Edition : 2011-2012
Lastest Edition: 2019-2020
Upcoming Edition: 2020-2021
Tournament Format: Double Round –Robin & Knockout final
Current Champion: Sydney Sixer (2nd title)
Most Winner of League: Perth Scorcher (3 Title)
Most Wickets : Ben laughlin(110)
Most Runs : Chris Lynn(2,332)
Television : Seven Star
For the outline of Big Bash League trophy a design contest was manage in 2011 . The Australian designer prepared some epic design but the final and epic design was decided by the audience and was disclose on 13 December 2011.
It had been suggested that the league would undergo extension into more regional areas not supported
By international cricket . the evolution was originally planned to be act upon in 2012 .
The proposed teams included Gold Coast, Canberra, Geelong, Newcastle. A New Zealand – based team was also introduced as a possibility which would be based at Auckland or Christchurch , the ex-tension project was suspended because the proposed cities required the proper cricket hosting provision .
Back 2015, the ex New Zealand captain and Melbourne Stars coach Stephen Fleming proposed the extension of the tournament to include Black Caps teams and became a trans-tasman battle.
His opinion were also hold up by Brisbane Heat coach and ex captain of New Zealand Daniel Vettori . The chief executive of Melbourne Renegades Stuart Coventry also state that he want that Cricket Australia allow each club a fifth home fixture next season.
In 2016 Anthony Everard chief of BBL stated that in BBL games the medium term goal was planed to assuming fresh franchises in regional market before adding new teams after 2017-18 season when the telecast deal got expired.
On 27 January 2017 Everard introduced extra eight matches would be included in 2017-18 season. He also specify the zonal market of Canberra , Geelong and Gold Coast will be the host games during soft launch spell.also the lengthened season was not executed until 2018-19
In 2018 , it was announced that the Gold Coast Suns were attentive in hitching the Big Bash League sanction if the competition was swelled.
Christmas Day match
Cricket Australia in December 2015, disclosed that they are locking into possibility of organizing a Christmas Day BBL match in upcoming years, perhaps after the next season. If it could be happened then this would be a first in the Australian sports history since on Christmas Day no professional matches played in Australia.
this is something that we have recently started discussing that we’re goes on about playing a Christmas eve match. In September 2018, it was reported that Australian Cricket had banged with players Association to play BBL matches on Christmas day.
One more thing that so far we played Boxing day; ” CA’s Executive GM (Operations) Mike McKenna said;
Big Bash 2020-21 League Season
|Dates||10 December 2020 – 6 February 2021|
|Tournament format(s)||Double round robin and Playoffs|
In the 2018-19 season, every single team plays all other teams twice during the tournament and the total 56 consistent league matches before the final series.
In the proceeding seasons of the league , each team take part with Six other teams once during a season and one team twice . The group stage matches distributed in eight rounds and four matches played in each round
The season was held over a related time-frame thus one game afternoon and one game night then the regularity of the teams maintained .every single team played in eight groups stage matches and at least four at home and four away in front of top four teams ranked for semi finals .
The format was changed in 2017-18 and now there would be forty group stage matches and each team playing ten matches before the semi finals .
The final of the league is played at home ground of the top 2 highest-ranked teams.
In the 2018-19 season there was a twist of ‘bat flip’ (instead of coin toss) to decide who would bat/bowl first.
The final structure was changed in the 2019-20 season to look like this :
BBL|9 final series (Home team listed first)
Thursday Jan 30: The Eliminator (forth vs Fifth)
Friday Jan 31: The Qualifier (1st Vs Second)
Saturday Feb 1: The Knock out(Third vs The winner of the Eliminator)
Thurs Feb 6: The Challenger (Loser of The Qualifier v Winner of The Knock-Out)
Sat Feb 8: The Final (Winner of The Qualifier v Winner of The Challenger)
Current Teams Names
There are total eight teams which are participating in the league ahead
The names are:
- Sydney Sixers
- Perth scorchers
- Hobart Hurricanes
- Adelaide Strikers
- Brisbane Heat
- Melbourne Renegades
- Melbourne Stars
- Sydney Thunder
|Sydney Sixers||Magenta||Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney Cricket Ground||Greg Shipperd||Moises Henriques|
|Perth||Western Australia||Perth Stadium (Optus)||Adam Voges||Mitchell Marsh|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Purple||Hobart||Tasmania||Bellerive Oval||Adam Griffith||Matthew Wade|
|Adelaide Strikers||Blue||Adelaide||South Australia||Adelaide Oval||Jason Gillespie||Travis Head|
|Brisbane Heat||Teal||Brisbane||Queensland||Brisbane Cricket Ground||Darren Lehmann||Chris Lynn,|
|Melbourne Renegades||Red||Melbourne||Victoria||Marvel Stadium||Michael Klinger||Aaron Finch|
|Melbourne Stars||Dark green||Melbourne||Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground||David Hussey||Glenn Maxwell|
|Sydney Thunder||Lime green||Sydney||New South Wales||Sydney Showground Stadium||Shane Bond||Callum Ferguson|
Sponsorship of BBL
- The Title sponsors of BBL are KFC and Rebel (WBBL).
- The Associate sponsors are: Toyota, Weet-Bix, Dream 11, BKT Tires, Wrigley Extra, Woolworths and Commonwealth Bank
- The Apparel Sponsors of BBL are: Majestic Athletic and 47 (Caps/ Hats)
- The Broadcast Partners are: Seven Network, Fox Cricket, Macquarie Sports Radio, Radio Australia, and Crocmedia (1116 SEN)
Historically, the highest attended period for the BBL include Post-Christmas matches. This league develops interest regarding cricket in youngsters. It provides entertainment and fun to the audience due to its highest ratings and scores.
Average home crowds for the regular season of BBL are given below.
Domestic cricket crowds were seen during the 2014-15 season of the league in the states of South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and ACT.
A record attendance of 52,633 was seen at the Adelaide Strikers’ home semi-final. It was considered the biggest ever crowd at Adelaide Oval.
The 2015-16 season is also remembered as a record-breaking season regarding the audience. The figure records kept on breaking during this season across all the venues. Perth Scorchers sold out all of its home matches during a season for the first time. In January, 2016 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the BBL single match attendance between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades was recorded as 80,883.
According to resources, BBL was regarded as one of the top 10 most attended sports league in the world due to average audience crowd per match in this season.
In Australia BBL matches are broadcasted currently on the television by the Seven Network and also on the subscription television by Fox Cricket. Seven Network broadcasts 45 matches of total 61 in which Finals series is included for sure whereas, Fox Cricket broadcasts all the 61 matches.
Previously, Network 10 held the rights regarding BBL and have paid $100 million for these (BBL) rights over five years. The channel’s first foray is marked in elite cricket coverage.
The coverage of BBL by Network 10 got the attention of a large number of more than 943,000 people nationwide in 2014-15. BBL became the most trending and regular part of Australian summers.
A huge audience of about 1.9 million viewers was ready to watch the final between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers.
In 2015-16 season, the average audience of about 1.13 million was attracted towards the BBL matches in Australia. The percentage of average audience was eighteen (18) percent increasing than the pervious season.
A progressive audience of about 9.65 million had watched the BBL matches during this season. About 39% females were also seemed to be interested in watching matches.
1.53 million the audience was attracted towards the opening Sydney Derby match of this season. The last group match was played between Renegades and Strikers and approximately 1.36 million people watched this match. The Final match of BBL hit the average audience of almost 1.79 million, which raised to 2.24 million. During this season, the ratings of BBL crossed the 2 million views for the first time.
Total 17 grounds have been selected to host BBL tournaments. After 2014-15 season, Sydney Thunder left the ANZ Stadium and rejoined the Sydney Showground Stadium for the coming 10 years. The WACA Ground has been selected four times to host the Finals.
The Final match of 2014-15 season of BBL was played at Manuka Oval. Manuka Oval was selected as a venue for the Final of 2014-15 because other major stadiums were preparing for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Firstly, WACA Ground was considered the home-ground of Perth Scorchers, later it was replaced by Optus Stadium. Adelaide Strikers played one home BBL and WBBL match at Trager Park in September 2017.
It was announced in 2018, that for 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, one BBL and two WBBL matches would be played at Trager Park.
Two matches per season of Melbourne Renegades have been hosted at Kardinia Park in Geelong, Victoria since 2017-18 and multiple games have been played at UTAS Stadium by Hobart Hurricanes.
The salary cap of BBL seemed to be increasing with its different seasons. Initially, the salary cap was about $1 million and till the third season, it was increased to $1.05 million.
In February 2015, for the fifth season, the salary cap was further increased to $1.3 million. And finally, for the sixth season, there was a further increase in the salary cap. This time it was increased to $ 1.6 million.
The prize money was increased for BBL to $890,000 by Cricket Australia, for the first four teams of the 2015-16 season. The prize money will be distributed among the teams as:
|$20,000||Team finishing fifth in the season|
|$80,000||For each semi-finalist team|
|$260,000||For Runner up Team|
|$450,000||For the Champion team of the whole season.|
Moreover, the extra cash of about $600,000 was supplied to clubs, etc. It has been said that in the 2014-15 season of BBL, prize money of $290,000 was awarded.