Big Bash League
|Big Bash League|
Logo Big Bash League
|Tournament format||Round-robin and knockout finals|
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champion||Brisbane Heat (1st title)|
|Most successful||Sydney Sixers & Brisbane Heat (1 title)|
|Qualification||Champions League Twenty20|
|Most runs||Aaron Finch (591)|
|Most wickets||Brad Hogg (24)|
|2013–14 Big Bash League season|
The KFC T20 Big Bash League is the Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament. 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.
The competition features eight privately owned, 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.
Average home crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals matches.
Last updated 9 January 2013
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.
|Year||Final host||Final venue||Final|
|Perth Scorchers||WACA Ground||Sydney Sixers
158/3 (18.5 overs)
|Sixers won by 7 wickets
156/5 (20 overs)
|Perth Scorchers||WACA Ground||Brisbane Heat
167/5 (20 overs)
|Brisbane won by 34 runs
133/9 (20 overs)
|This section is outdated. (November 2013)|
It has been proposed that the tournament will undergo expansion into more regional areas not supported by international cricket. The expansion could be implemented as soon as 2012 with the cricket calendar proposed to begin in August to accommodate more T20 games. The new teams in the proposal include Newcastle, Canberra, Geelong and Gold Coast, with an indication that only two teams would be included in the first expansion. A New Zealand based team was also mentioned as a possibility. Cricket expert Mark Waugh commented on Fox Sports that an expansion could dilute the player pool resulting in a sub-standard league.
In January 2012, it was officially announced that only the existing 8 teams will take part in the 2012 BBL season. The lack of proper cricket hosting facilities were blamed for not expanding BBL to cities like Newcastle.
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- "KFC T20 Big Bash League – Top three trophies as chosen by you". Bigbash.com.au.
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- Cricket Australia considering Big Bash expansion. Retrieved 17 January 2012
- Cricket Australia looks at expanding KFC T20 Big Bash League on back of incredible ratings and crowd figures. Retrieved 17 January 2012
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- Kerry, Craig (12 January 2012). "Newcastle lacking for big bash". Newcastle Herald.