Big Bash League

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For the most recent season of the tournament, see 2014–15 Big Bash League season.
Big Bash League
Countries Australia Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2011–12
Next tournament 2015–16
Tournament format Round-robin and knockout finals
Number of teams 8
Current champion Perth Scorchers (2nd title)
Most successful Perth Scorchers
(2 titles)
Qualification Champions League Twenty20
Most runs Michael Klinger (989)[1]
Most wickets Ben Laughlin (48)[2]
TV Network Ten
Website bigbash

The KFC Big Bash League or BBL in short, 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.

Earlier, the top two teams in the tournament used to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. However, the CLT20 tournament has now become defunct from 2015 onwards.[3]



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 proposal[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 the Gold Coast. A New Zealand-based team was also mentioned as a possibility which would be based at Auckland or Christchurch.[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]

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.[10]

On 19 February 2015, Cricket Australia announced that a Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) would commence in season 2015/2016, with teams aligned to the current men's competition. The teams will share the names and colours of the existing men's BBL teams, meaning that there will be two teams from each of Sydney and Melbourne while one team from each of Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. The format and draw of the tournament are yet to be revealed.[11]

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.[12]

Team City State Home ground Coach Captain Foreign players
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide South Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval Jason Gillespie Travis Head Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard
England Adil Rashid
Brisbane Heat Brisbane Queensland Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground Daniel Vettori Chris Lynn Trinidad and Tobago Samuel Badree
New Zealand Brendon McCullum
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Tasmania Tasmania Blundstone Arena Damien Wright Tim Paine Saint Lucia Darren Sammy
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria Etihad Stadium David Saker Aaron Finch Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo
Jamaica Chris Gayle
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground Stephen Fleming David Hussey England Luke Wright
England Kevin Pietersen
Perth Scorchers Perth Western Australia Western Australia WACA Ground Justin Langer Adam Voges England David Willey
England Michael Carberry
Sydney Sixers Sydney New South Wales New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground Trevor Bayliss Brad Haddin South Africa Johan Botha
England Michael Lumb
Sydney Thunder Sydney New South Wales New South Wales Sydney Showground Stadium Paddy Upton Michael Hussey South Africa Jacques Kallis
Jamaica Andre Russell

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final Final host Final venue
Winner Result Runner-up
Sydney Sixers
158/3 (18.5 overs)
Sixers won by 7 wickets
Perth Scorchers
156/5 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
Brisbane Heat
167/5 (20 overs)
Brisbane won by 34 runs
Perth Scorchers
133/9 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
Perth Scorchers
191/4 (20 overs)
Perth won by 39 runs
Hobart Hurricanes
152/7 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
Perth Scorchers
148/6 (20 overs)
Perth won by 4 wickets
Sydney Sixers
147/5 (20 overs)
Neutral Venue Manuka Oval

Team performances[edit]

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


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

Salary Cap[edit]

As of June 12, 2013, the Big Bash League salary cap is $1.05 million, a $50,000 increase from the two previous seasons,[13] which were played under a salary cap of $1 million.[14][15][16][17][18]



Average home crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals matches. While the figures for whole season average includes the average throughout the tournament including the finals.

Team Crowd average
2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Adelaide Strikers 21,986 13,319 23,703 35,960
Brisbane Heat 17,072 15,897 23,685 24,611
Hobart Hurricanes 10,517 12,107 9,552 13,776
Melbourne Renegades 13,324 13,184 21,929 22,324
Melbourne Stars 27,424 21,451 21,813 27,698
Perth Scorchers 14,905 11,539 17,380 18,825
Sydney Sixers 20,068 13,286 19,914 23,849
Sydney Thunder 18,423 10,278 14,866 17,938
Whole season 18,021 14,883 18,778 23,590


BBL games are currently broadcast in Australia by the free-to-air Network Ten. In 2013 Ten paid $100 million for BBL rights over five years, marking the channel's first foray in elite cricket coverage.[19] Fox Sports had previously covered the T20 Big Bash League.

Territory Network
Australia Australia Network Ten (2013–present)
Fox Sports (2011–13)
New Zealand New Zealand Sky Sport
Bangladesh Bangladesh STAR Sports
Pakistan Pakistan STAR Sports
India India STAR Sports
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka STAR Sports
United Kingdom United Kingdom Sky Sports
United States United States Willow

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Big Bash League / Records / Most runs – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ Big Bash League / Records / Most wickets – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Champions League T20 discontinued". ESPN. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "KFC T20 Big Bash League – Top three trophies as chosen by you". 
  5. ^ "KFC T20 Big Bash League – The trophy has been revealed". 
  6. ^ Cricket Australia considering Big Bash expansion. Retrieved 17 January 2012
  7. ^ Cricket Australia looks at expanding KFC T20 Big Bash League on back of incredible ratings and crowd figures. Retrieved 17 January 2012
  8. ^ "Articles from January 27, 2012". Sports News First. 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Kerry, Craig (12 January 2012). "Newcastle lacking for big bash". Newcastle Herald. 
  10. ^ "Possibility of Women's Big Bash League". Ninemsn. 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eight teams announced for Women's BBL". 19 February 2015. 
  12. ^ New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams, ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
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