The Big Bash League – BBL 2017, one of the most entertaining T20 leagues in the world. It is a professional twenty20 cricket league, which was established by Cricket Australia in 2011. The tournament format is Round-robin and knockout finals. The number of the team participating in the league are 8.
The journey started on 13 December 2011, when a design contest was hosted to determine the design of big bash league trophy. It was proposed to expand the participation by including more team considering those who were not supported by international cricket. But experts fear of diluting the standards of cricket dumped the proposal.
In 2015 Stephen Fleming, coach of Melbourne suggested to include New Zealand team and proposed to become tans-Tasman competition. Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori supported the idea of Fleming.
In 2016 Anthony Everard, head of the BBL, revealed the intention of adding new teams. Therefore, on 27 January 2017, he announced adding of an extra eight-match for the 2017/18 season.
At present, the group stage consists of 8 rounds with 4 matches played in each round. Each team plays four matches in their home ground and four away that sums up to 8 group stage matches. Finally, the total number of matches in a season goes up to 35, with 32 group stage matches and 3 knocks out matches.
Teams in Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers – Brad Hodge (c)
Brisbane Heat – Brendon McCullum (c)
Hobart Hurricanes – Tim Paine (c)
Melbourne Renegades – Aaron Finch (c)
Melbourne Stars – David Hussey (c)
Perth Scorchers – Michael Klinger (c)
Sydney Sixers – Moises Henriques (c)
Sydney Thunder – Eoin Morgan (c)
Records & Statistics
Most successful team – Perth Scorchers
Most runs – Michael Klinger – 1,608
Highest average – Usman Khawaja – 51.18
Highest score – Luke Wright – 117 vs Hobart Hurricanes
Most Sixes – Chris Lynn – 94
Most wickets – Ben Laughlin – 69
Lowest average – Lasith Malinga – 15.00
Best strike rate – Yasir Arafat – 13.6
Best economy rate – Lasith Malinga – 5.40
Best bowling figures – Lasith Malinga 6/7 vs Perth Scorchers