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Big Bash League

KFC
Big Bash League
Logo Big Bash League
Countries 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
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.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Trophy 1.1
    • Expansion Proposal 1.2
    • Women's Big Bash League 1.3
  • Current teams 2
  • Audience 3
    • Attendance 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • Tournament results 4
  • Team performances 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Trophy

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 Proposal

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. The expansion proposal was eventually dumped, mainly because the proposed cities lacked the proper cricket hosting facilities.[5][6]

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.[7]

Current teams

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 Adelaide Oval Darren Berry Johan Botha Johan Botha
Kieron Pollard
Brisbane Heat Brisbane Queensland The Gabba Stuart Law James Hopes Daniel Vettori
Andrew Flintoff
Samuel Badree
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Tasmania Blundstone Arena Damien Wright George Bailey Alex Hales
Darren Sammy
Timm van der Gugten
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Victoria Etihad Stadium Simon Helmot Aaron Finch Jesse Ryder
Dwayne Bravo
Andre Russell
Tom Cooper
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground Greg Shipperd Cameron White Luke Wright
Kevin Pietersen
Perth Scorchers Perth Western Australia WACA Ground Justin Langer Adam Voges Yasir Arafat
Michael Carberry
Sydney Sixers Sydney New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground Trevor Bayliss Brad Haddin Michael Lumb
Dwayne Smith
Sydney Thunder Sydney New South Wales ANZ Stadium
Sydney Showground Stadium
Paddy Upton Michael Hussey Jacques Kallis
Eoin Morgan
Craig Kieswetter

Audience

Attendance

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

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.

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

Tournament results

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

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

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References

  1. ^ "KFC T20 Big Bash League – Top three trophies as chosen by you". Bigbash.com.au. 
  2. ^ "KFC T20 Big Bash League – The trophy has been revealed". Bigbash.com.au. 
  3. ^ Cricket Australia considering Big Bash expansion. Retrieved 17 January 2012
  4. ^ Cricket Australia looks at expanding KFC T20 Big Bash League on back of incredible ratings and crowd figures. Retrieved 17 January 2012
  5. ^ "Articles from January 27, 2012". Sports News First. 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Kerry, Craig (12 January 2012). "Newcastle lacking for big bash". Newcastle Herald. 
  7. ^ "Possibility of Women's Big Bash League". Ninemsn. 19 January 2014. 
  8. ^ New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams, ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cricket/new-big-bash-league-broadcaster-channel-ten-thrilled-with-ratings-for-season-opening-derby/story-fni2usfi-1226788040468

External links

  • Official website
  • Schedule & Fixtures
  • Big Bash League on Twitter
  • Big Bash League on Facebook
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