Big Bash League

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KFC
Big Bash League
Big Bash League Logo.svg
Logo Big Bash League
Countries Australia Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2011–12
Last tournament 2013–14
Next tournament 2014–15
Tournament format Round-robin and knockout finals
Number of teams 8
Current champion Perth Scorchers (1st title)
Most successful Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers (1 title)
Qualification Champions League Twenty20
Most runs Aaron Finch (853)
Most wickets Ben Laughlin (35)
TV Network Ten (Australia)
SKYsport (New Zealand)
sky SPORTS (UK)
Star Sports (Asia)
Website bigbash

The KFC T20 Big Bash League is the Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which was established in 2011. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and features city-based franchises instead of the state teams which had participated previously. The top two teams in the tournament qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

History[edit]

Trophy[edit]

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.[1][2]

Expansion[edit]

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 and a New Zealand based team was also mentioned as a possibility.[3][4] 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.[5][6]

Women's Big Bash League[edit]

Former women's Test captain and Head of Brisbane's Centre of Excellence, Belinda Clark revealed on 19 January 2014 the planning for a women's BBL is in its early stages but it could become a reality very soon. They are considering it for the huge rise in television ratings in the BBL 03 season and the rise in women's cricket popularity.[7]

Current teams[edit]

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.[8]

Team City State Home ground Coach Captain Overseas players
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide South Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval Darren Berry Johan Botha Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard
Brisbane Heat Brisbane Queensland Queensland The Gabba Stuart Law James Hopes New Zealand Daniel Vettori
England Andrew Flintoff
Trinidad and Tobago Samuel Badree
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Tasmania Tasmania Blundstone Arena Damien Wright George Bailey England Alex Hales
Pakistan Shoaib Malik
Saint Lucia Darren Sammy
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria Etihad Stadium Simon Helmot Aaron Finch New Zealand Jesse Ryder
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground Greg Shipperd Cameron White England Luke Wright
England Kevin Pietersen
Perth Scorchers Perth Western Australia Western Australia WACA Ground Justin Langer Adam Voges Pakistan Yasir Arafat
Sydney Sixers Sydney New South Wales New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground Trevor Bayliss Brad Haddin England Michael Lumb
Barbados Dwayne Smith
Sydney Thunder Sydney New South Wales New South Wales ANZ Stadium
Sydney Showground Stadium
Paddy Upton South Africa Jacques Kallis
England Eoin Morgan

Audience[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Average home crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals matches.

Last updated 2014

Team Crowd average
2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Adelaide Strikers 21,986 13,319 23,703
Brisbane Heat 17,072 15,897 23,685
Hobart Hurricanes 10,517 12,107 9,552
Melbourne Renegades 13,324 13,184 21,929
Melbourne Stars 27,424 21,451 21,813
Perth Scorchers 14,905 11,539 17,380
Sydney Sixers 20,068 13,286 19,914
Sydney Thunder 18,423 10,278 14,866
Whole season 18,021 14,883 18,778

Television[edit]

BBL games are currently broadcast in Australia by the free-to-air Network Ten. Ten paid $100 million for BBL rights over five years, marking the channel's first foray in elite cricket coverage.[9] Fox Sports had previously covered the T20 Big Bash League.

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final host Final venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2011–12
Details
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground Sydney Sixers
158/3 (18.5 overs)
Sixers won by 7 wickets
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
156/5 (20 overs)
2012–13
Details
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground Brisbane Heat
167/5 (20 overs)
Brisbane won by 34 runs
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
133/9 (20 overs)
2013–14
Details
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground Perth Scorchers
191/4 (20 overs)
Perth won by 39 runs
Scorecard
Hobart Hurricanes
152/7 (20 overs)
2014–15
Details
TBA Manuka Oval TBA TBA TBA

Team performances[edit]

Team 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Adelaide Strikers 6th 5th 7th
Brisbane Heat 5th W 5th
Hobart Hurricanes SF 6th R
Melbourne Renegades 7th SF 6th
Melbourne Stars SF SF SF
Perth Scorchers R R W
Sydney Sixers W 7th SF
Sydney Thunder 8th 8th 8th

Notes:

  • W = Winner; R = Runner-up; SF = Semifinalist

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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