Updated: 11 July 2022
The Big Bash League (BBL) is an Australian T20 cricket league that was started in the year 2011 by Cricket Australia. The competition has been sponsored by KFC since its inaugural season. Therefore, it is widely known as the KFC Big Bash League. The league has eight city-based franchises similar to the IPL( Indian Premier League). BBL ranks somewhere in the list of top 10 domestic sports leagues in the world in terms of average attendance.
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BBL (Big Bash League) History
The tournament which was originally started in 2011 was supposed to undergo an expansion in 2012. The proposed teams were Newcastle, Canberra, Geelong, and Gold Coast. A New Zealand-based team, probably Auckland or Christchurch was also proposed. But the expansion of the league was suspended mainly because the proposed cities lacked proper hosting facilities.
The tournament is wholly played in Australia during summer in December, January, and February. Till 2014, the top two teams used to qualify for the Champions League T20.
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The tournament was played between the top teams of various domestic T20 cricket leagues from all across the world similar to the footballing tournament – UEFA Champions League which is played in Europe. However, the Champions League T20 tournament became defunct in 2014.
The tournament consists of eight city-based franchises. Each state’s capital has one team except for Sydney and Melbourne which have two each.
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BBL Prize Money
From the 2015/16 season, Cricket Australia increased the prize money of the tournament to $890,000 which will be split among five teams.
- Champions – $450,000
- Runners up- $260,000
- 3rd and 4th placed team – $80,000 each
- 5th placed team – $20,000
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BBL Winners List From 2011-22
|2011/12||Sydney Sixers||Perth Scorchers||WACA Ground|
|2012/13||Brisbane Heat||Perth Scorchers||WACA Ground|
|2013/14||Perth Scorchers||Hobart Hurricanes||WACA Ground|
|2014/15||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Manuka Oval|
|2015/16||Sydney Thunders||Melbourne Stars||MCG|
|2016/17||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||WACA Ground|
|2017/18||Adelaide Strikers||Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Oval|
|2018/19||Melbourne Renegades||Melbourne Stars||Docklands Stadium|
|2019/20||Sydney Sixers||Melbourne Stars||SCG|
|2020/21||Sydney Sixers||Perth Scorchers||SCG|
|2021/22||Perth Scorchers||Sydney Sixers||Docklands Stadium|
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SCG – Sydney Cricket Ground, MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground
Total Titles Each Team
|TEAMS||NO. OF TIMES WON|
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BBL Individual Records
|Highest Total||Melbourne Stars||273/2|
|Most Runs||Chris Lynn||2790|
|Highest Bat Avg||Bradd Hodge||42.78|
|Highest Ind Score||Glenn Maxwell||154|
|Most Sixes||Chris Lynn||172|
|Most Wickets||Sean Abbott||112|
|Best Economy Rate||Lasith Malinga||5.40 in 13 Matches|
|Lowest Total||Melbourne Renegades||57 (12.4 overs)|