2018–19 Big Bash League BBL 08 Season Updates
The Big Bash League is the premier Australian T20 competition that is played in the months of December and January each year between eight teams. It was a replacement for the previous T20 competition by the name of T20 Big Bash and has eight teams play each other in a league-cum-knock-out format.
Since the eighth edition of the Big Bash League, the format of the competition was changed to allow each team to play the seven other sides in a home and away league, making it 14 matches for each side. This was after the tournament became successful enough for the Aussie board to take that step forward from each team playing just 10 games during the league stage.
At the end of this league, the top four sides will make it to the semi-finals, unlike the PSL which has playoffs associated with it.
The eight teams in question in the Big Bash League are Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. The Scorchers are the most successful franchise in the history of the Big Bash League with three titles to their name to go with two runner-up positions. No other team has won the BBL more than once, with the Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers having clinched the title once apiece.
The Hobart Hurricanes have been two-time runner-up without winning the Big Bash League even once, the Stars have made it to the final on one occasion while the Renegades haven’t got there even once.
The Big Bash League squads are formulated by the teams signing up for players within the given salary cap. Each year this salary cap is raised a little but teams are strictly expected to adhere to that cap. BBL teams consist of 18 players of which there are two rookie contracts and two overseas players at the most, while two extra replacement cricketers can be signed up in case any of the main 18 need replacing because of injury issues or if they need to be signed up by the national side. Big Bash League 2018-19 schedule is placed below.
BBL 2018/19 Schedule & Fixtures
|DATE||LOCAL TIME||MATCH||BBL FIXTURES||VENUE|
|19-Dec||18:15||Match 1||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers||The Gabba|
|20-Dec||19:15||Match 2||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers||Marvel Stadium|
|21-Dec||19:15||Match 3||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars||TBD|
|22-Dec||15:30||Match 4||Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers||SCG|
|18:00||Match 5||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||Carrara Stadium|
|23-Dec||18:45||Match 6||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades||Adelaide Oval|
|24-Dec||15:45||Match 7||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||Bellerive Oval|
|19:15||Match 8||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers||Spotless Stadium|
|26-Dec||16:15||Match 9||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Optus Stadium|
|27-Dec||19:15||Match 10||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars||SCG|
|28-Dec||19:15||Match 11||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||Bellerive Oval|
|29-Dec||19:00||Match 12||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers||Docklands|
|30-Dec||19:15||Match 13||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers||York Park|
|31-Dec||18:15||Match 14||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder||Adelaide Oval|
|01-Jan||13:45||Match 15||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers||Carrara Stadium|
|19:15||Match 16||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades||MCG|
|02-Jan||19:15||Match 17||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers||Spotless Stadium|
|03-Jan||19:15||Match 18||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC|
|04-Jan||19:15||Match 19||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers||Bellerive Oval|
|05-Jan||17:15||Match 20||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder||Carrara Stadium|
|18:30||Match 21||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat||Optus Stadium|
|06-Jan||18:45||Match 22||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers||Adelaide Oval|
|07-Jan||19:15||Match 23||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes||Docklands|
|08-Jan||19:15||Match 24||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat||Spotless Stadium|
|09-Jan||19:15||Match 25||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers||MCG|
|10-Jan||18:15||Match 26||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades||The Gabba|
|11-Jan||18:30||Match 27||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars||Adelaide Oval|
|13-Jan||14:45||Match 28||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||Spotless Stadium|
|18:35||Match 29||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat||TBC|
|18:35||Match 30||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers||Optus Stadium|
|14-Jan||19:15||Match 31||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes||MCG|
|16-Jan||19:15||Match 32||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades||SCG|
|17-Jan||18:15||Match 33||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder||The Gabba|
|18-Jan||18:30||Match 34||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Optus Stadium|
|19-Jan||18:45||Match 35||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars||Docklands Stadium|
|20-Jan||19:15||Match 36||Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat||SCG|
|21-Jan||18:45||Match 37||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Oval|
|22-Jan||19:15||Match 38||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades||Spotless Stadium|
|23-Jan||14:45||Match 39||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC|
|19:15||Match 40||Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes||SCG|
|24-Jan||18:40||Match 41||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder||Optus Stadium|
|27-Jan||19:40||Match 42||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat||MCG|
|28-Jan||18:15||Match 43||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades||Optus Stadium|
|29-Jan||16:00||Match 44||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat||Bellerive Oval|
|19:00||Match 45||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers||SCG|
|30-Jan||19:15||Match 46||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder||Docklands Stadium|
|31-Jan||19:40||Match 47||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers||York Park|
|01-Feb||19:40||Match 48||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers||The Gabba|
|02-Feb||19:00||Match 49||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder||SCG|
|03-Feb||17:45||Match 50||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat||Adelaide Oval|
|18:15||Match 51||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars||Optus Stadium|
|07-Feb||19:40||Match 52||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades||Bellerive Oval|
|08-Feb||19:40||Match 53||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars||The Gabba|
|09-Feb||13:15||Match 54||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers||Traeger Park|
|18:15||Match 55||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes||TBC|
|10-Feb||14:45||Match 56||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers||MCG|
|14-Feb||19:40||Match 57||1st Semifinal||TBC|
|15-Feb||19:40||Match 58||2nd Semifinal||TBC|
BBL Squads 2018/19
The latest Big Bash League squads for the 2018-2019 edition of the competition will be updated soon. The BBL which has already seven seasons of tough t20 competition and this eighth edition will only get more exciting. Why so one might ask? That’s because this season of the BBL will be the first ever in the history of Big Bash League cricket to see each side okay all other seven teams on a home and away basis.
And that would mean each side plays 14 games in a rather longish tournament. This will also force the teams and their scouts to look for players for their Big Bash League squads who fit the bill and can play through this extended season. The BBL which was a replacement for the previous T20 competition by the name of T20 Big Bash will see 56 league games played this year.
BBL Squads 2018-19
Adelaide Strikers squad: Travis Head (captain), Alex Carey, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Colin Ingram, David Grant, Jake Lehmann, Jake Weatherald , Jonathan Wells, Liam O Connor, Matthew Short, Michael Cormack, Michael Neser, Nick Winter, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar
Brisbane Heat squad: Chris Lynn (captain), Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Brendon McCullum, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Joe Burns, Mark Steketee, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Max Bryant, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sam Heazlett
Hobart Hurricanes squad: George Bailey (captain), Aaron Summers, Ben McDermott, Caleb Paul Jewell, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, David Moody, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Jofra Archer, Johan Botha, Matthew Wade, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Thomas Rogers, Tim Paine, Tymal Mills
Melbourne Renegades squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Beau Webster, Cameron Boyce, Cameron White, Chris Tremain, Daniel Christian, Jack Wildermuth, Joe Mennie, Jon Holland, Kane Richardson, Mackenzie Harvey, Marcus Harris, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Tim Ludeman, Tom Cooper, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans
Melbourne Stars squad: Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, David Willey, Hilton Cartwright, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Whiteman, Shaun Marsh
Perth Scorchers squad: Mitchell Marsh (captain), Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, David Willey, Hilton Cartwright, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Whiteman, Shaun Marsh
Sydney Sixers squad: Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Fallins, Daniel Hughes, Henry Thornton, Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Justin Avendano, Lloyd Pope, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Sean Abbott, Steve OKeefe, Tom Curran
Sydney Thunder squad: Anton Devcich, Arjun Nair, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Daniel Sams, Fawad Ahmed, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Jay Lenton, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Kurtis Patterson, Liam Hatcher, Nathan McAndrew, Pat Cummins, Ryan Gibson, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja
The Scorchers have won the BBL title thrice now and will be watched by the fans as the team to beat, having made it to the final on five occasions. The squads of Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers have won the title once apiece as well.
Among other squads, the Hobart Hurricanes have made the final twice and lost on both occasions while the Stars squad has gotten to the final once before this.
BBL 2018-19 Broadcast TV Channels & Live Streaming
The Big Bash League is broadcast live on television around the world with Australian viewers now able to watch is on Fox Sports after the previous contract with Channel Ten was ended last season. The Seven Network will also be involved in some sort of a simulcast.
If you are in New Zealand, you can watch it on Sky Sport while Sony ESPN will telecast it in the Indian subcontinent except for Pakistan where the BBL will be live on PTV. Supersport is the place to watch the BBL if you are in South Africa while UK viewers can watch the BBL live on BT Sport. In the USA, Willow TV has all the rights to telecast the BBL while Canadians can watch it on CBN & ATN Cricket Plus.
Tickets for the KFC BBL|08 will be released mid-year and can be purchased from the official Big Bash League website here.