Getting ready for a decade of the Australian Big Bash League

Although it’s fair to say that the Indian Premier League is perhaps the foremost domestic Twenty20 cricket competition in the world, there’s no doubt that Cricket Australia are keen to keep putting their very own Big Back League firmly on the map.

Big Bash Background

The original competition of the same name ran for just six seasons, from the inaugural 2005-06 campaign until 2010-11, with teams representing six of the seven states and only the Northern Territory unrepresented.

Victoria Bushrangers were the dominant side, winning four championships, while New South Wales Blues and Southern Redbacks each won one title apiece. Tasmanian Tigers and Western Warriors had a year each as runners up, with Queensland Bulls the only side never to reach a final.

Deciding to take Twenty20 cricket in a new direction and similar to that of the IPL, Cricket Australia launched their revamped version of the Big Bash League for the 2011-12 season, with eight city-based franchise teams at launch.

The Women’s Big Bash League followed soon afterwards, with the same eight franchise teams represented from the 2015-16 season.

2020-21 Big Bash League Odds

The tenth season of the Big Bash League will commence on 3rd December and run through until 26th January. After that, the top five sides qualify for the playoffs and a chance at the overall championship, with the final scheduled for 6th February 2021.

Sydney Sixers are the reigning 2019-20 champions, and that was their second title in the last ten years. However, after topping the points table last season and reaching the final, only to finish as runners up, Melbourne Stars are tipped as 15/4 cricket betting favourites this time around.

Sydney Sixers are priced at 4/1 odds for the championship, although they will undoubtedly face a tough task in retaining their title, given the depth of quality in this competitive Twenty20 tournament.

2017-18 champions Adelaide Strikers can’t be ignored, and they’re priced at 5/1 odds, while a strong campaign is predicted for Brisbane Heat at 6/1, despite the fact they’ve only ever reached one final, beating Perth Scorchers to land the 2012-13 title.

Twenty20 Big Bash League Venues

One of the aims of the revamped competition ten years ago, spreading the game around the country more was considered vital for the Big Bash League. This season there will be 16 different venues used, as the BBL aims to take top-level Twenty20 cricket to more locations than ever before.

The Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is by far the biggest venue, boasting enough capacity for just over 100,000 fans, which is the primary home for Melbourne Stars. Local rivals Melbourne Renegades play their home games at the 48,000 Marvel Stadium or alternatively, at the GMHBA Stadium in South Geelong.

Sydney Sixers are priced at 4/1 odds for the championship, although they will undoubtedly face a tough task in retaining their title, given the depth of quality in this competitive Twenty20 tournament.

2017-18 champions Adelaide Strikers can’t be ignored, and they’re priced at 5/1 odds, while a strong campaign is predicted for Brisbane Heat at 6/1, despite the fact they’ve only ever reached one final, beating Perth Scorchers to land the 2012-13 title.

Twenty20 Big Bash League Venues

One of the aims of the revamped competition ten years ago, spreading the game around the country more was considered vital for the Big Bash League. This season there will be 16 different venues used, as the BBL aims to take top-level Twenty20 cricket to more locations than ever before.

The Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is by far the biggest venue, boasting enough capacity for just over 100,000 fans, which is the primary home for Melbourne Stars. Local rivals Melbourne Renegades play their home games at the 48,000 Marvel Stadium or alternatively, at the GMHBA Stadium in South Geelong.

Hobart Hurricanes usually split home games between the 20,000 Blundstone Arena, and the University of Tasmania Stadium, although they also have the furthest home from home, playing some games at the tiny TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs. As the cricket ball flies, that’s more than 1,500 miles away, although Northwest Territory fans at least have a team they can cheer for.

Given the fact that nearly all the BBL teams are now playing at multiple home venues, more fans are getting the opportunity to watch games. It’s also a great way to raise the profile of Twenty20 throughout Australia, from the cities to suburbs and places the game never particularly reached before.

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