Big Bash League
December 2015 - January 2016
Big Bash League
Twenty20 | Teams: Eight | Format: Group stage and knockout | 17th December 2015 - 24th January 2016
The Big Bash League is a domestic Twenty20 cricket competition and is Australia's answer to the IPL (Indian Premier League). The league consists of eight franchises from across Australia and is a significant departure from the traditional state-based competitions seen in shield and one day cricket. The Big Bash League began in the 2011-12 season and replaced the previous Twenty20 Big Bash League which was also contested at state level. Each franchise is allowed two international players, meaning the competition has attracted some high class international stars, including: Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakarra.
The format of Twenty20 is divisive among cricket fans, with purists insisting it's a bastardisation of the game, while supporters love the added spectacle, colour and pace it's played at. Whatever the view, it can't be argued that the competition has been a rousing success, attracting average crowds other forms of domestic cricket can only dream about. And let's face it, who doesn't love seeing someone smash a six out of the ground?
Big Bash League Winners
Below are the previous winners of the Big Bash League. Who do you think will win this year?
|2014–15||Perth Scorchers||Perth won by 4 wickets||Sydney Sixers|
|2013–14||Perth Scorchers||Perth won by 39 runs||Hobart Hurricanes|
|2012–13||Brisbane Heat||Brisbane won by 34 runs||Perth Scorchers|
|2011–12||Sydney Sixers||Sixers won by 7 wickets||Perth Scorchers|
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Facts about the Big Bash League
- A contest was held to design the Big Bash League trophy, with the winning design resembling a salad bowl on a stand (excellent for drinking from).
- The highest average crowd attendance goes to the Adelaide Strikers, who averaged over 30,000 in the 2014-15 season.
- The top two teams used to gain entry into the Champions League Twenty 20, but the competition was disbanded in 2015.