BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020-21

The Big Bash League often referred to as BBL is a professional Twenty20 league competition played at Australia. BBL is an annual cricketing event that takes place between December and February. The Big Bash League usually marks the start of the Australian cricketing summer and public come in large number to watch the matches. The Big Bash League is sponsored by the food giant KFC and is often referred to as KFC Big Bash. It is one of the top 2 leagues from cricket alongside the Indian Premier League (IPL) to feature in the top-10 domestic franchise sports leagues across the world in terms of average attendance. BBL2020-21 marks the tenth anniversary of the Big Bash. They also have Women`s Big bash league separately which is referred to as WBBL. 

History of BBL

            The Big Bash League (BBL) was formed by Cricket Australia (CA) in 2011. BBL replaced the previous domestic Twenty competition played in Australia. Big Bash League is a city-based franchise league competition that features 8 teams based in different cities.  After the success of Big Bash, Cricket Australia started the Women`s Big bash league in the 2015-2016 season. The different teams in the big bash league are as follows

  1. Adelaide Strikers
  2. Brisbane Heat
  3. Hobart Hurricanes
  4. Melbourne Renegades
  5. Melbourne Stars
  6. Perth Scorchers
  7. Sydney Thunder
  8. Sydney Sixers

Perth Scorchers are the most successful team with three titles so far (2013-14, 2014-15, & 2016-17). Sydney Sixers have won the trophy twice (2011-12 & 2019-20) and are the defending champions with their triumph in the 2019-20 season. Adelaide Strikers (2017-18), Brisbane Heat (2012-13), Melbourne Renegades (2018-19), and Sydney Sixers (2014-15) have won the BBL trophy once so far. Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes are the two teams that are yet to win the BBL trophy after nine years and they have runners-up in 3 & 2 seasons respectively so far.

BBL 2020-21 Schedule

Like every other BBL too suffered the effects of the pandemic but they were not affected to a great extent as they were scheduled only in the late December months. Cricket Australia confirmed the Big bash would start on December 10th and announced the schedule and fixtures for the first 21 matches played till December 31.  The tournament is scheduled to finish on February 6 with most of the matches being scheduled as night matches. The first 21 matches are scheduled to happen at the below-stated 6 venues with the majority of them in Hobart and Canberra.

  1. Bellerive Oval, Hobart
  2. Manuka Oval, Canberra
  3. Aurora Stadium, Launceston
  4. The Gabba, Brisbane
  5. Carrara Oval, Queensland
  6. Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

BBL adopted the playoff format in the 2019-20 season with 5 top-ranked teams qualifying for the next rounds. The five playoff matches are Challenger, Eliminator, Qualifier, Knock-out, and Final respectively. Defending Champions Sydney Sixers are all set the kick start the tournament with their opening match against Hobart Hurricanes.

NEW RULES

            Big Bash 2020-21 is set to have three new rules to change the applying conditions to maximize the interest among the people during the entire duration of the 40 overs. And it also empathizes that strategic thinking is rewarded in the matches.  Now, let us have a brief look at the new rules added in this season.

  1. Power Surge

 Power surge is nothing but the power play period where only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yards circle.  The mandatory 6-over power play period at the start of the innings has been shortened to 4 overs and the batting team can opt for the remaining 2 overs in any time frame from the 11th over.

2. The X-factor player

  An ‘X-factor player’ is a player named outside the playing XI of the team as the 12th or 13th player. This player can bat or bowl in the match after the completion of 10 overs replacing any player in the initial XI. The X-factor player can only bowl if the player he replaces bowls less than one over in the match. 

3. Bash Boost

  Bash Boost is the bonus point system where the team with the highest score at the half-way stage of the match gets an additional bonus point. And total points for the win also has been increased from 2 points to three points for each match. Teams will play for a total of 4 points in a match including the bash boost point.

BBL 2020-21 squad

                        Now, let us have a look at the squads and players` availability of all 8 BBL teams this season. India tour of Australia is scheduled between Nov 27 to Jan 19 and a lot of national players might not be available for their franchises till Jan 20 due to their national commitments with the Test squad.

  1. Adelaide Strikers

Captain: Travis Head

Squad: Wes Agar, Danny Briggs, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Daniel Worrall

Missing players: Travis head, Michael Neser (Not available till Jan 20)

2. Brisbane Heat

Captain: Chris Lynn

Squad: Tom Banton, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlet, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence, Morne Morkel, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans

Missing players: Marnus Labuchagsne, Joe Burns, Mitchell Swepson (Not available till Jan 20)

3. Hobart Hurricanes

Captain: Mathew Wade

Squad: Scott Boland, Jake Doran, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Jarrod Freeman, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Tim Paine, Keemo Paul, D’Arcy Short, Nick Winter

Missing players: Tim Paine, Mathew Wade (Not available till Jan 20)

4. Melbourne Renegades

Captain: Aaron Finch

Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Mitch Perry, Beau Webster, Imran Tahir, Noor Ahmad, Josh Lalor, Jack Prestwidge, Rilee Rossouw

Missing players: James Pattinson (Not available till Jan 20)

5. Melbourne Stars

Captain: Glenn Maxwell

Squad: Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Clint Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Will Pucokvski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Jonny Bairstow, Nicholas Pooran

Missing players: Nathan Coulter Nile, Will Pucokvsi (Not available till Jan 20)

6. Perth Scorchers

Captain: Mitchell Marsh

Squad:  Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff,  Joe Clarke (replacement), Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Jason Roy, Colin Munro

Missing players: Cameron Green (Not available till Jan 20)

7. Sydney Sixers

Captain: Moises Henriques

Squad:  Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince

Missing players: Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon (Not available till Jan 20)

8. Sydney Thunder

Captain: Callum Ferguson

Squad: Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain

Schedule – League matches (First leg – 21 matches)

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 7.15 pm

Thursday, December 10

  • Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 4.05 pm

Friday, December 11

  • Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 7.15 pm

Saturday, December 12

  • Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 2.15 pm

Saturday, December 12

  • Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 7.15 pm

Sunday, December 13

  • Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 7.15 pm

Sunday, December 13

  • Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 7.15 pm

Monday, December 14

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers, Aurora Stadium, Lanceston, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, December 15

  • Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, Aurora Stadium, Lanceston, 7.15 pm

Wednesday, December 16

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 11.10 am

Saturday, December 19

  • Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers, Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 11.10 am

Sunday, December 20

  • Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, December 22

  • Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Gabba, Brisbane, 6.15 pm

Wednesday, December 23

  • Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 6.10 pm

Saturday, December 26

  • Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, Carrara Stadium, Queensland, 8.20 pm

Saturday, December 26

  • Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba, Brisbane, 6.15 pm

Sunday, December 27

  • Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, Adelaide oval, Adelaide, 6.45 pm

Monday, December 28

  • Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, Carrara Stadium, Queensland, 5.10 pm

Tuesday, December 29

  • Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, December 29

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Gabba, Brisbane, 6.15 pm

Wednesday, December 30

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide oval, Adelaide, 6.45 pm

Thursday, December 31

Schedule – League matches (Venue to be decided)

  • Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 7.15 pm

Friday, January 1

  • Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 5.05 pm

Saturday, January 2

  • Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, TBC, 8.15 pm

Saturday, January 2

  • Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, TBC, 4.05 pm

Sunday, January 3

  • Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Sunday, January 3

  • Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 7.15 pm

Monday, January 4

  • Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 4.05 pm

Tuesday, January 5

  • Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, January 5

  • Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Wednesday, January 6

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 6.10 pm

Thursday, January 7

  • Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, TBC, 9.20 pm

Thursday, January 7

  • Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades, TBC, 6.10 pm

Friday, January 8

  • Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 7.15 pm

Saturday, January 9

  • Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, TBC, 7.15 pm

Sunday, January 10

  • Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, TBC, 7.15 pm

Monday, January 11

  • Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, January 12

  • Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Wednesday, January 13

  • Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, TBC, 7.15 pm

Thursday, January 14

  • Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Friday, January 15

  • Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, TBC, 6.40 pm

Saturday, January 16

  • Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, TBC, 7.15 pm

Sunday, January 17

  • Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 7.15 pm

Monday, January 18

  • Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, TBC, 7.15 pm

Tuesday, January 19

  • Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, TBC, 7.15 pm

Wednesday, January 20

  • Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, TBC, 7.15 pm

Thursday, January 21

  • Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, TBC, 4.05 pm

Friday, January 22

  • Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 7.15 pm

Friday, January 22

  • Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, TBC, 4.05 pm

Saturday, January 23

  • Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, TBC, 7.15 pm

Saturday, January 23

  • Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, TBC, 4.05 pm

Sunday, January 24

  • Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 7.15 pm

Sunday, January 24

  • Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, TBC, 7.15 pm

Monday, January 25

  • Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, TBC, 1.05 pm

Tuesday, January 26

  • Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 4.15 pm

Tuesday, January 26

  • Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC, 7.50 pm

Tuesday, January 26

Schedule – Play-off matches (Venue to be decided)

  1. Team 4 v Team 5, TBC, Eliminator Match

Friday, January 29

  • Team 1 v Team 2, TBC, Qualifier Match

Saturday, January 30

  • Team 3 v Winner (Eliminator), TBC, Knock-out Match

Sunday, January 31

  • Loser (Qualifier) v Winner (Knock-out), TBC, Challenger Match

Thursday, February 4

  • Winner (Qualifier) v Winner (Challenger), TBC, Final

Saturday, February 6

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