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The Big Bash League (BBL, also known as the KFC Big Bash League for sponsorship reasons) is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, and features eight city-based franchises instead of the six state teams which had participated previously. The competition has been sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC since its inception.

Big Bash League
(BBL)
BBL Logo.png
Official BBL Logo
CountriesAustralia
AdministratorCricket Australia
FormatTwenty20
First Edition2011–12
Next Edition2018–19
Tournament formatRound-robin and knockout finals
Number of teams8
Current championAdelaide Strikers (1st title)
Most successfulPerth Scorchers
(3 titles)
Most runsMichael Klinger (1,802)[1]
Most wicketsBen Laughlin (85)[2]
TVSeven Network
Fox Cricket
Websitebigbash.com.au
2018–19

BBL matches are played in Australia during the summer in the months of December, January and February.

Out of the eight teams in the tournament, five have won the title at least once. The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the league's short history, winning the title three times including consecutively for two years and have reached the final of the tournament in five of the seven seasons. The other four teams which have won the title are Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. The current champions are the Adelaide Strikers.

Before 2014, the top two teams in the tournament used to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. It was an annual international Twenty20 competition played between the top domestic teams from various nations. However, the CLT20 became defunct after the 2014 tournament.[3]

Contents

HistoryEdit

TrophyEdit

A design contest was held in 2011 to determine the design of the Big Bash League trophy. The competition was restricted to Australian designers, with the final design, chosen by the public from a field of three, revealed on 13 December 2011.[4][5]

Expansion proposalEdit

 
Perth Scorchers taking on Hobart Hurricanes at the WACA in 2011

It had been proposed that the tournament would undergo expansion into more regional areas not supported by international cricket. The expansion was planned to be implemented in 2012. The proposed teams included: Newcastle, Canberra, Geelong, and Gold Coast. A New Zealand-based team was also mentioned as a possibility which would be based at Auckland or Christchurch, but this is unlikely to happen.[6][7] Cricket expert Mark Waugh commented on Fox Sports that an expansion could dilute the player pool resulting in a sub-standard league.[citation needed] The expansion proposal was eventually dumped, mainly because the proposed cities lacked the proper cricket hosting facilities.[8][9]

 
Shane Warne bowling against Sydney Sixers in 2011 at the SCG

In 2015, former Black Caps captain and Melbourne Stars coach Stephen Fleming suggested the expansion of the tournament to include New Zealand teams and become a trans-Tasman competition. He said an expansion into New Zealand would be widely supported by locals.[10] His views were also supported by Brisbane Heat coach and former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori.[11] Melbourne Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry also stated that he wants Cricket Australia to grant each club a fifth home fixture next season. Coventry said the BBL was ready to expand from 8 to 10 games, and adding matches would further establish the franchises.[12]

In 2016, Anthony Everard, head of the BBL, flagged the league's intentions to approach expansion through a soft launch. He stated the short to medium term goal was to schedule BBL games involving existing franchises in regional markets before potentionally adding new teams after the 2017/18 season when the broadcast deal expired. He also indicated the regional markets of Canberra, Geelong and Gold Coast will likely host games during the soft launch period.[13] On 27 January 2017, Everard announced an extra eight matches would be added to the 2017/18 season and implored each existing franchise to look at new markets when considering where the extra games would be played.[14]

Women's Big Bash LeagueEdit

Former women's Test captain and Head of Brisbane's Centre of Excellence, Belinda Clark, revealed on 19 January 2014 that planning for a women's BBL was in its early stages but could become a reality very soon. She stated that the proposal was being considered due to the huge rise in television ratings in the BBL 03 season and the rise in women's cricket popularity.[15]

On 19 February 2015, Cricket Australia announced that a Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) would commence in the 2015–16 season, with teams aligned to the men's competition. It was announced that the teams would share the names and colours of the existing men's BBL teams, meaning that there would be two teams from Sydney and Melbourne and one team from Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.[16]

The inaugural Women's Big Bash League was won by the Sydney Thunder (WBBL) against the Sydney Sixers (WBBL). The Sydney Thunder (WBBL) won by 3 wickets.[17]

Christmas Day matchEdit

In December 2015, Cricket Australia revealed that they are looking into the possibility of hosting a Christmas Day BBL match in the coming years, possibly after the next season. If the proposal is passed, it would be a first in the history of Australian sport since no professional matches are played in Australia on Christmas Day. "It is something we have just recently started discussing, the possibilities of that. We're talking about playing a Christmas Eve match, we already play Boxing Day," CA's Executive GM (Operations) Mike McKenna said.[18] This has not yet occurred, but in September 2018, it was reported that Cricket Australia had struck a deal with the Players Association to play BBL matches on Christmas Day.[19][20]

Tournament formatEdit

 
Ben Cutting of Brisbane Heat batting against Melbourne Stars in 2014

Since the inception of the BBL in 2011, the tournament has followed the same format every year except the inaugural season.[21] The first BBL season had 28 group stage matches, before expanding to 32 in the following season.[13]

Currently in the eight team format, each team plays every other team at least once during a season. However, each team is also assigned a particular "rival" with which they play for the second time in the same season. The assigned 'rival' for a team does not change generally in different seasons. Cross-town teams such as Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars have been assigned as "rivals" to each other. This allows BBL to have 2 Melbourne derbies as well as 2 Sydney derbies within a single season.[22]

In the early years of the tournament, the group stage matches were divided into eight rounds, with four matches played in each round. Each team played eight group stage matches, four at home and four away, before the top four ranked teams progressed to the semi finals. Thus, the total number of matches during the season tallied up to 35, with 32 group stage matches and three knock out matches.[22] In BBL 07 (2017/18 Season) the format changed so that there would be 40 group stage matches with each team playing 10 matches before the semi finals.[23] The season was held over a similar time-frame thus resulting in more doubleheaders (one game afternoon, one game night) and teams playing more regularly.[citation needed] The 2018 Big Bash League season is the longest ever BBL season ever, with an expanded 59 game season, with each team playing 14 home and away matches before two semi finals and the Big Final.

The final of the tournament is played at the home ground of the highest-ranked team. The only exception to this rule was 2014–15 season when the final was played at a neutral venue (Manuka Oval), due to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[21][24]

Current teamsEdit

The competition features eight city-based franchises, instead of the six state-based teams which had previously competed in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Each state's capital city features one team, with Sydney and Melbourne featuring two. The team names and colours for all teams were officially announced on 6 April 2011.[25] The Melbourne Derby and Sydney Derby matches are some of the most heavily attended matches during the league and are widely anticipated by the fans.[26] The Scorchers and Sixers have also developed a rivalry between them over the years and their matches attract good crowds and TV ratings.[27]

As of now, a single city-based franchise can have a maximum of 18 contracted players for a season. Each team should have a minimum of two rookie contracts and a maximum of two overseas players in the squad. Each team can also have a maximum of two overseas replacement players, in case the original overseas players get injured or withdraw due to particular reason.[28]

Location of Big Bash League teams
Colour Team City State Home ground Coach Captain(s)
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide South Australia Adelaide Oval Jason Gillespie Travis Head
Colin Ingram
Brisbane Heat Brisbane Queensland The Gabba Daniel Vettori Brendon McCullum
Chris Lynn
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Tasmania Blundstone Arena Adam Griffith Tim Paine
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Victoria Marvel Stadium Andrew McDonald Aaron Finch
Cameron White
Dwayne Bravo
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground Stephen Fleming John Hastings
Perth Scorchers Perth Western Australia Optus Stadium Adam Voges Mitchell Marsh
Ashton Turner
Sydney Sixers Sydney New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground Greg Shipperd Moises Henriques
Johan Botha
Sydney Thunder Sydney New South Wales Spotless Stadium Shane Bond Shane Watson

Tournament resultsEdit

Out of the eight teams in the tournament, five have won the title at least once. The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the league's history, winning the title three times including consecutively for two seasons in 2013–14 and 2014–15.[29] They are the champions of Big Bash League 2016–17, and they also hold the record for reaching the final of the tournament the most times, doing so consecutively in the first four seasons. In contrast, only two other teams have reached the final twice.[30] The other four teams which have won the title are the Sydney Sixers in the inaugural season (2011–12), the Brisbane Heat in the second season (2012–13), the Sydney Thunder in 2015–16 [31][32] and the Adelaide Strikers in 2017-18

The WACA Ground has hosted the final on four occasions, more than any other venue. In fact, the final of the 2014–15 BBL season would have also been hosted by WACA Ground if it was awarded to the home ground of the highest-ranked team, as in previous seasons. However, Manuka Oval was awarded the rights to host the final of 2014–15 BBL season as a neutral venue.[24]

Season Final Final host Final venue
Winner Result Runner-up
2011–12
Details
Sydney Sixers
3/158 (18.5 overs)
Sixers won by 7 wickets
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
5/156 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2012–13
Details
Brisbane Heat
5/167 (20 overs)
Heat won by 34 runs
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
9/133 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2013–14
Details
Perth Scorchers
4/191 (20 overs)
Scorchers won by 39 runs
Scorecard
Hobart Hurricanes
7/152 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2014–15
Details
Perth Scorchers
6/148 (20 overs)
Scorchers won by 4 wickets
Scorecard
Sydney Sixers
5/147 (20 overs)
Canberra/Perth Scorchers Manuka Oval
2015–16
Details
Sydney Thunder
7/181 (19.3 overs)
Thunder won by 3 wickets
Scorecard
Melbourne Stars
9/176 (20 overs)
Melbourne Stars MCG
2016–17
Details
Perth Scorchers
1/144 (15.5 overs)
Scorchers won by 9 wickets
Scorecard
Sydney Sixers
9/141 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2017–18
Details
Adelaide Strikers
2/202 (20 overs)
Strikers won by 25 runs
Scorecard
Hobart Hurricanes
5/177 (20 overs)
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Oval

Team performancesEdit

Team 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Adelaide Strikers 6th 5th 7th SF (1st) SF (1st) 6th W (2nd)
Brisbane Heat 5th W (4th) 5th 8th 6th SF (2nd) 7th
Hobart Hurricanes SF (2nd) 6th R (4th) 5th 7th 7th R (4th)
Melbourne Renegades 7th SF (1st) 6th 6th 5th 5th SF (3rd)
Melbourne Stars SF (4th) SF (3rd) SF (1st) SF (3rd) R (2nd) SF (4th) 8th
Perth Scorchers R (1st) R (2nd) W (3rd) W (2nd) SF (3rd) W (1st) SF (1st)
Sydney Sixers W (3rd) 7th SF (2nd) R (4th) 8th R (3rd) 5th
Sydney Thunder 8th 8th 8th 7th W (4th) 8th 6th

Notes:

  • W = Winner; R = Runner-up; SF = Semifinalist
  • (x) = End of league games table position

Salary cap and contracting periodEdit

 
BBL old logo used up to 2014–15 season

The Big Bash League's salary cap was $1.05 million for the third season, a $50,000 increase from the two previous seasons,[33] which were played under a salary cap of $1 million.[34][35][36][37][38] In February 2015, BBL salary cap increased to $1.30 million for the fifth season of BBL.[28]

Currently, the salary cap has increased to $1.60 million.[39] Under the $1.60 million salary cap, a team can sign a total of 18 contracted players consisting of a minimum of 2 rookie contracts and maximum of 2 overseas players. In addition, 2 overseas replacement players can also be signed by a team.[40]

Contracting Details (per team)
Retainer Pool Amount (excluding superannuation) $1.60 million
Number of Contracts 18
Number of Rookie Contracts 2
Maximum Overseas Players in squad of 18 2
Maximum Replacement Overseas Players 2

Key datesEdit

The key dates for the sixth season during the contracting period are as follows.[40]

  • January 27 – Contracting start date
  • January 27 to February 26 – First Trade period (During this period, BBL clubs are allowed to trade contracted players to another club at any stage of their contract)
  • July 1 – BBL Round 1 contracting date (At this time, all BBL clubs must have contracted a minimum of 10 players)
  • November 14 to November 18 – Second Trade period (During this period, BBL clubs are allowed to trade contracted players to another club at any stage of their contract)
  • December 2 – Contracting end date (At this time, all clubs must have completed their 18-player squads, including the Community and Development Rookie contracts)
  • December 6 – Supplementary list end date

Prize moneyEdit

Cricket Australia increased the prize money for the BBL to a total of $890,000 for the four finalists from 2015–16 season, after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament was discontinued with effect from 2015. The prize money will be split between the teams as follows:[41]

  • $20,000 – To the team finishing fifth in the season
  • $80,000 – To each losing semi-finalist
  • $260,000 – To the Runner up
  • $450,000 – To the Champion of the season

However, the additional cash increase of $600,000 will go to successful clubs and not their players. Up to the 2014–15 BBL season, a total prize money of $290,000 was awarded.[41]

AudienceEdit

AttendanceEdit

 
Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes at the MCG on 6 January 2016

Average home crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals matches. The figures for the whole season average include the finals.[42][43] Post-Christmas matches have historically been the highest attended period for the League.[44] BBL has provided a platform to create interest in playing cricket among younger children, due to its big hitting, high scoring and entertaining nature of the game.[45]

The 2014–15 season saw record domestic cricket crowds in the states of South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT, including a record attendance of 52,633 at the Adelaide Strikers' home semi-final, which was then the biggest ever crowd at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.[44]

In the 2015–16 season, attendance figure records continued to be broken across all the venues. Perth Scorchers became the first ever BBL team to sell out all of its home matches in a season.[46] On 2 January 2016, the BBL single match attendance record was surpassed, with a crowd of 80,883 watching the first of two Melbourne derbies between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Big Bash League also entered the top 10 most attended sports leagues in the world with respect to average crowd per match in this season.[47]

Team Crowd average
2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Adelaide Strikers 21,986 13,319 23,703 36,023 42,437 41,275 [48] 33,951
Brisbane Heat 17,072 15,897 23,685 24,611 29,353 34,190 32,980
Hobart Hurricanes 10,517 12,107 9,552 13,776 16,640 17,570 [49] 13,536
Melbourne Renegades 13,324 13,184 21,929 22,324 29,010 30,033 [50] 28,315
Melbourne Stars 27,424 21,451 21,813 27,698 40,986 49,578 31,628
Perth Scorchers 14,905 11,539 17,380 18,825 20,273 20,567 21,511
Sydney Sixers 20,068 13,286 19,914 23,849 27,956 30,368 24,815
Sydney Thunder 18,423 10,278 14,866 17,938 19,333 20,688 [51] 15,432
Finals 15,222 17,568 15,286 27,920 42,182 25,642 43,330
Whole season 18,021 14,883 18,778 23,590 29,443 30,114 26,531

Notes

TelevisionEdit

Australian televisionEdit

BBL games are currently broadcast in Australia on free-to-air television by the Seven Network and subscription television by Fox Sports. The Seven Network broadcasts 43 of 59 Matches including the Semi-Finals & Grand Final. Fox Sports televises all 59 Matches including 16 Matches exclusively. [52]

The rights were previously held by Network Ten, who in 2013 paid $100 million for BBL rights over five years, marking the channel's first foray in elite cricket coverage.[53]

Network Ten's BBL coverage became a regular feature of Australian summers and attracted an average audience of more than 943,000 people nationally in 2014–15 season, including a peak audience of 1.9 million viewers for the final between the Scorchers and Sixers.[54]

The 2015–16 season attracted an average audience of 1.13 million for each match in Australia this season, an 18% increase on the previous season. A cumulative audience of 9.65 million watched the matches in Australia, out of which 39% were females.[55][56] The opening Sydney Derby match of the season attracted a peak audience of 1.53 million.[57] The last group match between Renegades and Strikers in Session 2 was watched by an average audience of 1.36 million, which peaked at 1.67 million.[58] The BBL Final was watched by an average audience of 1.79 million, which peaked at 2.24 million viewers. This was the first time that the ratings for a BBL match crossed the 2 million mark.[59]

Broadcast partnersEdit

Countries Network
  Australia Fox Sports (2011–13, 2018-present)
Seven Network (2018-present)
  New Zealand Sky Sport
  Bangladesh Sony TEN2
  Pakistan PTV Sports
  South Africa SuperSport
  India SONY ESPN
  Sri Lanka Sony Six
SONY ESPN
  United Kingdom BT Sport
  United States Willow
  Canada CBN & ATN Cricket Plus[60]
  South Africa Supersport
  Papua New Guinea NBC Papua New Guinea
Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia,

Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Fox Sports Asia
Bhutan, Burma, Maldives, Nepal, Afghanistan Sony
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad,

Congo Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,
Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Rwanda Principe,
Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, St Helena, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kwese Sports
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Tortola,
Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eustatius, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe,
Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saba, Suriname, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia,
St Martin, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands
Sports Max
Flow Sports

GroundsEdit

A total of 10 grounds have been used to host BBL matches to date. Sydney Thunder moved out of Stadium Australia after 2014–15 season and relocated to Spotless Stadium for the next 10 years. The Final of the tournament is played at the home ground of the highest-ranked team. The WACA has hosted the final four times, more than any other venue. Manuka Oval hosted the final of 2014–15 BBL season as a neutral venue primarily because other major grounds were being prepared for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[24]

Perth Stadium was scheduled to replace the WACA as the home ground of Perth Scorchers starting from 2018–19. However, with the Scorchers reaching the 2017–18 BBL semi-finals, Perth's 1 February 2018 home match against Hobart Hurricanes (and the doubleheader WBBL match between Perth and Sydney Thunder) became the second public event at Perth Stadium. Main reasons behind the move are poor facilities at the ground as well as low spectator capacity.[61]

In September 2017 the Adelaide Strikers agreed to play one home BBL and WBBL match at Traeger Park in Alice Springs over the course of BBL|07. In 2018, they announced that one BBL and two WBBL matches will be held at Traeger Park for BBL|08 and BBL|09. In BBL|07 The Melbourne Renegades will also play a match at Kardinia Park in Geelong, Victoria and the Hobart Hurricanes will play a match at UTAS Stadium in Launceston. The Hobart Hurricanes will also play two BBL and two WBBL matches at UTAS Stadium for BBL|08 and BBL|09. They also announced that two WBBL matches would be played at Burnie's West Park against the Melbourne Stars (WBBL).[62]

Panoramic view of the SCG during a Big Bash League match in 2011. It is the home ground of Sydney Sixers.
Name of the stadium Capacity City Home team
Current Grounds
Adelaide Oval 53,583 Adelaide Adelaide Strikers
Blundstone Arena 19,500 Hobart Hobart Hurricanes
Marvel Stadium 53,359 Melbourne Melbourne Renegades
Perth Stadium 60,000 Perth Perth Scorchers
The Gabba 42,000 Brisbane Brisbane Heat
Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,024 Melbourne Melbourne Stars
Spotless Stadium 22,000 Sydney Sydney Thunder
Sydney Cricket Ground 48,000 Sydney Sydney Sixers
Secondary Grounds
UTAS Stadium 21,000 Launceston Hobart Hurricanes
GMHBA Stadium 34,000 Geelong Melbourne Renegades
Traeger Park 10,000 Alice Springs Adelaide Strikers
Manuka Oval 12,000 Canberra Neutral Venue (BBL 04 Final)

Sydney Thunder

Metricon Stadium 25,000 Gold Coast Brisbane Heat

Melbourne Stars

Ted Summerton Reserve 7,500 Moe Melbourne Stars
Former Grounds
Stadium Australia 82,000 Sydney Sydney Thunder (2011–2014)
WACA Ground 20,000 Perth Perth Scorchers (2011–2018)

Records and statisticsEdit

 
Michael Klinger, the leading run-scorer in BBL history

Here is a list of Big Bash League records. All records are based on statistics at espncricinfo.com.[63] Perth Scorchers captain and opening batsman Michael Klinger currently holds the record of scoring most runs in the league. He has played 41 matches in the BBL so far, starting from 2011.[1] The record of taking most wickets in the league belongs to Ben Laughlin, who currently plays for Adelaide Strikers. He has represented Hobart Hurricanes in the past, and has played a total of 43 BBL matches since 2011.[2]

Batting Records
Most runs      Michael Klinger 1,802
Highest average      Usman Khawaja 50.31
Highest score      D'Arcy Short 122* vs Brisbane Heat (10 January 2018)
Highest partnership      Rob Quiney & Luke Wright 172 vs Hobart Hurricanes (9 January 2012)
Most sixes      Chris Lynn 102
Bowling Records
Most wickets      Ben Laughlin 85
Lowest average      Rashid Khan 13.83
Best strike rate      Yasir Arafat 13.6
Best economy rate      Lasith Malinga 5.40
Best bowling figures      Lasith Malinga 6/7 vs Perth Scorchers (12 December 2012)
Best bowling figures by a debutant      Daniel Sams 4/14 vs Sydney Thunder (19 December 2017)
Fielding
Most dismissals (wicket-keeper)      Tim Ludeman 33
Most catches (fielder)      Glenn Maxwell 29
Team Records
Highest total      Hobart Hurricanes 223–8 (20) vs Melbourne Renegades (12 January 2017)
Lowest total      Melbourne Renegades 57 (12.4) vs Melbourne Stars (3 January 2015)

Last updated on 1 May 2018

See alsoEdit

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