The 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League is set to get underway from Thursday (December 10), with Hobart Hurricanes taking on the defending champions Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, Hobart in the tournament opener.
Here are some of the facts you must know about the competition:
What is the Big Bash League?
The Big Bash League is an Australian franchise-based T20 competition, which started in 2011.
At what time will the matches be played?
A total of 61 matches, including five playoff games, will be played this season. There will be three games played on the final day of the league stage. The timings would vary, depending on the venue. You can check the entire schedule here.
What is the format of the tournament?
After 56 league games, five teams will qualify for the playoffs. The teams finishing fourth and fifth in the group stage will play 'The Eliminator' on January 29, while the top-two teams will face each other in 'The Qualifier' on the next day. On January 31, the Winner of 'The Eliminator' will take on the team that finished third in the league stage, which will be called 'The Knock-Out'.
Then in 'The Challenger', the loser of 'The Qualifier' will go up against the winner of 'The Knock-Out' on February 4. The winner of this encounter will play 'The Final' against the winner of 'The Qualifier'.
What are the three new rules that have been confirmed for this edition?
In BBL|10, the batting side will be given more control over its innings with the addition of the Power Surge. The Powerplay has been shortened to four overs, fixed to the start of the innings. An additional two over “Power Surge” can be taken by the batting team any time from the 11th over onwards.
Teams will also have the ability to change strategy at the 10 over mark of the first innings and substitute in an X-Factor player. This player, named as either the 12th or 13th player on the team sheet, can replace any player who is yet to bat or bowled no more than one over.
Endeavour and enterprise will be rewarded in the second innings with the introduction of the Bash Boost. Four competitions points will be up for grabs per match – three points for the overall win and one Bash Boost point, awarded halfway through the second innings. The team chasing will receive the Bash Boost if they’re above the equivalent 10-over score of their opposition. If they’re trailing, the fielding side will receive the point.
What are the venues for the tournament?
Bellerive Oval, Hobart | Manuka Oval, Canberra | Aurora Stadium, Launceston | The Gabba, Brisbane | Carrara Oval, Queensland | Adelaide Oval | Perth Stadium | Sydney Showground Stadium | Docklands Stadium, Melbourne | Melbourne Cricket Ground | Sydney Cricket Ground.
Where to watch?
All the games will be telecasted on the Sony Sports Network in India. The event will also be live streamed on Sony Liv.
When and where will the BBL 2020-21 final be played?
The venues for the playoffs are yet to be decided. The final however will be played on February 6.
How many overseas players could feature in the playing XI?
The teams will be able to field up to three overseas players this edition, compared to two from last season.
Which team has won the competition the most number of times?
Perth Scorchers have won the titles three times, while Sydney Sixers have managed to win it twice. Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars are the only two teams who are yet to win the title.
What has been the best finish of all teams participating in this edition?
Adelaide Strikers: Champions (2017-18)
Brisbane Heat: Champions (2012-13)
Hobart Hurricanes: Semi-Finalists (2011-12, 2018-19)
Melbourne Renegades: Champions (2018-19)
Melbourne Stars: Runners-Up (2015-16, 2018-19, 2019-20)
Perth Scorchers: Champions (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17)
Sydney Sixers: Champions (2011-12, 2019-20)
Sydney Thunder: Champions (2015-16)
Which player holds the record for most runs and wickets in the tournament’s history?
Highest run-getter: Chris Lynn. The dynamic right-hander has smashed 2332 runs in 75 games at an average of 37.61 and a strike rate of 150.3.
Leading wicket-taker: Ben Laughlin. The right-arm seamer has taken 110 wickets in 88 encounters at an average of 22.1 and a strike rate of 16.6.
Sydney Thunder: Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson (c), Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain.
Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jackson Bird, Nick Bertus, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Jason Holder, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince.
Melbourne Stars: Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Lewis Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (c), Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran, Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.
Hobart Hurricanes: Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Caleb Jewell, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, Tim Paine, Keemo Paul, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (c), Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Mac Wright.
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke, Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh (c), Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.
Melbourne Renegades: Noor Ahmad, Cameron Boyce, Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch (c), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Benny Howell, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw, Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster.
Brisbane Heat: Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence, Chris Lynn (c), Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans, Jack Wood.
Adelaide Strikers: Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head (c), Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O'Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells.