The Super Smash T20 is New Zealand’s top notch T20 cricket competition that is played every year and has been known by a variety of names due to sponsorship reasons. In its current avatar, the previously-known McDonald’s Super Smash T20 was changed to Burger King Super Smash T20 and will continue to be played this year as well.
New Zealand’s state t20 tournament started in 2005 and since then, it’s been known as the New Zealand Twenty20 Competition, State Twenty20, HRV Cup Twenty20 and the Georgie Pie Super Smash for three seasons before the last two name-changes. A total of six city-based sides from New Zealand take part in this T20 competition and Canterbury Knights will start the new season of the tournament as the defending champions.
The Auckland Aces have won the Super Smash T20 league on four separate occasions, making them the most successful side of the competition over the years, while Otago Volts, Central Stags, Wellington Birds and the Knights have all won the title twice. The other team to take part in the Super Smash T20 is Canterbury Kings who were the winners of the first ever season way back in 2005-06 but since then have twice been runner-up.
All six teams in the tournament play in a two-leg, home and away league stage format and at the end of these two rounds, the top three teams qualify for the playoffs. The top-ranked side enters the final automatically while the teams placed second and third play in a Preliminary or Elimination Final to decide the other finalist.
The Super Smash T20 squads for the forthcoming edition of this competition will be updated closer to the start of the tournament. What’s interesting to note is that teams are allowed to sign up for overseas players in order for them to strengthen their sides and depending on which players are available at the time, one can expect a few new players added to the squads.
More information on the Super Smash T20 Live Streaming & TV options, and its schedule for the 2018-19 season, will be updated at a later date once there’s more clarity on the same.