BBL12: All you Need to know including Schedule and Squads
The 12th Season of Australia’s premier T20 competition, the Big Bash League (BBL) is all set to commence from 13th of December. In this article, you will find all the key information which you would need to know about the league, including all the squads and fixtures of the tournament.
When is it?
BBL 12 begins from December 13 and is almost a two months long tournament consisting of 61 matches in total. The opening fixture will be played on Tuesday, 13th of December in Canberra between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunders.
The group stage of the tournament will consist of 56 matches and will finish on Wednesday, 25th of January. The top five sides will then progress to the knock-out stages, which will begin from Friday, 27th of January and will end with the Final being played on Saturday, 4th of February.
The full schedule of the tournament is given below.
The format of the tournament involves each of the teams playing each other twice in the group stages, playing fourteen matches in total in the group stages. The top five teams then progress to the next stage and fight in knockout games for the trophy.
The fourth and fifth-placed teams contest against each other in the eliminator, with the winner going on to face the third-placed team in the knockout. The top two sides get a golden opportunity to qualify directly for the final as they play against each other in the Qualifier with the winner earning direct entry to the final, however the looser gets a second shot to make it through to the final as they face the winner of the knockout fixture in the Challenger game where a place in the final is at stake.
Each win is worth two points, whereas one point is awarded for matches which end in no result. A few rules have been changed this year which means The Bash Boost point, which saw the team with the most runs at the 10-over mark receive a bonus point, is no longer available while the X-factor substitution has also been removed.
The power surge rule however which was introduced in the last edition is still valid, which means that the matches begin with a four-over power play rather than the traditional six, with the batting side able to call for a two-over power play at any point from the 11th over onwards.
Teams and Previous Winner:
Eight teams are involved in the tournament which include two teams from Sydney (Sixers and Thunders) and Melbourne (Renegades and Stars) with Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers being the other sides.
The winners of the BBL season 11 were Perth Scorchers, who defeated Sydney Sixers in the Final to claim their fourth Big Bash league title. Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars are the only sides who are yet to get their hands on the trophy, while Melbourne Renegades have finished last consecutively for the past three years.
BBL 12 is the first edition where a foreign players draft was introduced, and each team was able to pick their foreign players including retentions through this draft. All the squads are perfectly stacked and look balanced, and therefore one can hope for an exciting and crunch tournament. The full squads of each of the eight sides are as follows.
Adelaide Strikers: Travis Head (C), Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Ben Manenti, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Henry Thornton, Jake Weatherald.
Brisbane Heat: Usman Khawaja (C), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Sam Billings, Max Bryant, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett, Spencer Johnson, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Will Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mark Stekette, Mitch Swepson, Ross Whiteley, Jack Wildermuth.
Melbourne Renegades: Nic Maddinson (C), Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Martin Guptill, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Akeal Hosein, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Jack Prestwidge, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kane Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Andre Russell, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Jon Wells.
Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques (C), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Chris Jordan, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Izharulhaq Naveed, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Phillippe, Jordan Silk, James Vince.
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Turner (C), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Faf du Plessis, Stephen Eskinazi, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Adam Lyth, Hamish McKenzie, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye.
Melbourne Stars: Adam Zampa (C), Trent Boult, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Campbell Kellaway, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Rogers, Cam McClure, Tom O’Connell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood.
Hobart Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (C), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Zak Crawley, Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Jimmy Neesham, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Chris Tremain, Mac Wright, Iain Carlisle.
Sydney Thunders: Jason Sangha (C), Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Usman Qadir, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Sam Whiteman.