Big Bash League
|Big Bash League|
Logo Big Bash League
|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)|
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.
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.
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. Cricket expert Mark Waugh commented on Fox Sports that an expansion could dilute the player pool resulting in a sub-standard league. The expansion proposal was eventually dumped, mainly because the proposed cities lacked the proper cricket hosting facilities.
Women's Big Bash League
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.
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.
Average home crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals matches.
Last updated 2014
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. Fox Sports had previously covered the T20 Big Bash League.
|Season||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)
|Perth Scorchers||WACA Ground||Perth Scorchers
191/4 (20 overs)
|Perth won by 39 runs
152/7 (20 overs)
- W = Winner; R = Runner-up; SF = Semifinalist
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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.
- "Possibility of Women's Big Bash League". Ninemsn. 19 January 2014.
- New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams, ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2011.