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The Big Bash League, the premier T20 competition run by Cricket Australia, is set to start its 11th edition in December 2021. It features eight city-based franchises from Perth on the west to Brisbane on the eastern end of Australia. It was the first major T20 Cricket franchise league since the Indian Premier League when it launched in 2011/12 and is still the second most popular T20 franchise league in the World.
BBL is the second most followed T20 League in the world after IPL.Cricket Betting
The Big Bash League generally starts in the month of December and carries on till January and sometimes into February as well. Barring Melbourne Stars, all the franchises have Won the BBL championship at least once in the first 10 years showcasing the kind of strength each has in this competition.
While Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers – including the one in the last season – have won the championship thrice, the Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder have won the BBL championship once each.
|Year||Team||Runner-up||Big Bash Final Result|
|2012||Sydney Sixers||Perth Scorchers||Sixers won by 7 wickets|
|2013||Brisbane Heat||Perth Scorchers||Heat won by 34 runs|
|2014||Perth Scorchers||Hobart Hurricanes||Scorchers won by 39 runs|
|2015||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Scorchers won by 4 wickets|
|2016||Sydney Thunder||Melbourne Stars||Thunder won by 3 wickets|
|2017||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Scorchers won by 9 wickets|
|2018||Adelaide Strikers||Hobart Hurricanes||Strikers won by 25 runs|
|2019||Melbourne Renegades||Melbourne Stars||Renegades won by 13 runs|
|2020||Sydney Sixers||Melbourne Stars||Sixers won by 19 runs|
|2021||Sydney Sixers||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers win by 27 runs|
The BBL has seen several records over the years. Here are some of the highlights.
The Big Bash League always looks to tweak the conventional rules. To spice up the competition, the bat flip replaced the toss a few seasons ago. In the 2020/21 edition of the Big Bash League, there are quite a lot more changes with rules modified to spike interest. While those rules are unlikely to change in the recent season, the BBL is said to have thought of introducing another rule change which in essence would be a modified timed-out rule.
We will see what that is but first let’s look at the rule changes made before BBL|10.
Overseas players: Instead of the usual two overseas players allowed in a playing XI, franchises can now choose up to three overseas players in the final team. With more international talent, it is expected that the competition becomes more watchable.
Power Surge – The mandatory powerplay at the beginning of an innings is now made into just four overs instead of the customary six followed in T20 competitions. The remaining two-over slab can be used whenever the batting team desires. However, it is to be noted that the batting side can use this two-over slab only after the 11th over of the innings. The fielding restrictions will follow that of the powerplay.
X-factor Player – It’s basically the super-sub rule that was tried in international cricket a few years back. The X-factor player can be anyone outside the XI named as one of the first 13 players before the start of a game. The 12th or 13th player in the team can be substituted for another player post the halfway point in the first innings. The player can only replace a player who is yet to bat, or hasn’t bowled more than one over.
Bash Boost – A bonus point is awarded to a team that wins the 10-over mark battle. Whoever scores more in the first 10 overs will now get an additional bonus point irrespective of the result of the game.
BBL|11 will have a modified timed-out rule which will reduce the match time and add some more fun.Cricket Betting
In addition to the above rule changes, the radical version of the timed-out rule will be there in the BBL|11. Sometimes a BBL match takes much longer to finish and goes on for about 3 and half hours to 4 hours. In order to reduce the match time, the officials have supposedly decided to introduce the modified version of the timed-out rule. Let’s see what it is.
Modified Timed Out – The traditional timed out rule 40 states that the new batsman must take the guard or be ready to face the first ball within 3 minutes of the fall of the previous wicket. The proposed change will reduce that time to just 75 seconds instead of 3 minutes. But here’s the twist. Instead of immediately declaring the new batsman timed out, the bowler will get a chance to bowl at the wickets – the bowling equivalent free hit – with the new batter standing beside the stumps. If the bowler hits, the new batter is out, if not, the batter gets to play. Quite interesting, isn’t it?
The Big Bash League has followed a very similar pattern in terms of formats over the years. While the inaugural season had 28 group games, since then it’s been 32 matches in the group phase. Since 2018/19, this moved up to 56 games in the league stage, with each team playing the other twice like in the Indian Premier League, followed by 5 matches in playoffs making this a 61 match league.
The regular semi-final and final structure stood for a good many years with the four top teams after the league stage qualifying to the semis. This structure was changed in 2019/20.
BBL added an extra team to be allowed to go to the next stage where the fourth and fifth teams met in an Eliminator. The first and second-placed teams play the Qualifier with the winner going through to the final. The knockout had the third-placed team playing the winner of the eliminator.
The Challenger round then has the winner of the knockout playing the loser of the Qualifier. The final will be between the winners of the Qualifier and the Challenger. This way, the standings in the league stage become very important.
The first and second-placed teams have a distinct advantage in that they can directly move to the finals by winning the Qualifier while the rest have to win two games in a row to reach the final.
The points system is pretty straightforward. The winning team gets 2 points. If there is a washout or the match is abandoned for some reason, the points are split (1 each) by the two teams. If a match ends in a tie, the Super Over decides the winner and the winning side gets the two points.
The Bash Boost also factors in with a bonus point. The winner at the 10-over mark gets an additional point. Thus, the maximum number of points a team can get from a fixture is now three instead of two.
The Bash Boost enables a team to earn an extra point in the match.Cricket Betting
The Big Bash League has had its fair share of superstars over the years. The Australian side has benefitted from a lot of them, but the Big Bash itself has enjoyed their services to serve the fans.
AB de Villiers is all set to perform in BBL|11 after missing out in the last seasonCricket Betting
WBBL is the female version of BBL. It has been running from 2007-08 and has been immensely successful. The tournament not only showcases the local talent involves overseas T20 superstars especially from India such as Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma to name a few. The WBBL is currently underway and would host the final on 27th November 2021.
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The 8 BBL teams are – Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
Recently, Cricket Australia increased the prize money in the Big Bash League to $890,000 for the four finalist teams. The champions get $450,000 while the runners up get $260,000. The semi-finalists get $80,000 each while the fifth-placed side gets $20,000.
The BBL has attracted large audiences with the Adelaide Oval once witnessing a crowd of over 52,000 which was a record in the BBL. In 2015/16, Perth Scorchers sold out their home games at Perth for the entire season becoming the first to do so. The crowd attracted has also varied based on the franchise. In the last edition – 2019/20 – the Big Bash League saw an average crowd of 18,000. The franchise that attracted the most crowd was the Perth Scorchers.
The Big Bash League has been played across 17 venues in Australia. The WACA in Perth has hosted four finals. But it’s no longer the home ground of the Perth Scorchers who play in the Optus Stadium. The MCG, with a seating capacity of over 1,00,000 remains the largest ground hosting the BBL.
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