BBL unveils 40-match schedule; 13th season from Dec 7

The Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday unveiled a new-look 40-match fixture and four-game finals series for the upcoming 13th season, scheduled to begin from December 7 with a clash between last year’s finalists Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at the Gabba.

This time, the league will begin a week earlier and the regular season will conclude at Sydney Showground Stadium where hosts Sydney Thunder will host Melbourne Renegades.

As per the new-look four-match Finals Series, which is similar to the one in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will begin two days later, with the summit clash to be played on January 24, the league announced on Thursday.

The Finals Series will see the top two teams compete for a spot in the Final via The Qualifier, with the third and fourth-placed teams taking part in The Knockout and the winner of the Knockout will advance to the Challenger, alongside the loser of The Qualifier; the winner progressing to the Final.

The schedule includes two Boxing Day blockbusters, with the Sydney Sixers hosting the Melbourne Stars and the Perth Scorchers facing of the Melbourne Renegades.

The upcoming season will also witness a New Year’s Day double-header with the Hobart Hurricanes hosting the Sydney Thunder (Blundstone) and the Brisbane Heat facing the Sydney Sixers for the second annual New Year’s Bash at the Gabba.

Commenting on the development, Alistair Dobson, General Manager, Big Bash Leagues said: “We’re incredibly pleased and excited with the BBL fixture we’ve been able to deliver this season, with an array of highlights for fans to embrace throughout the summer period.”

“The BBL season will again complement the overall shape of this summer’s cricket schedule, and with the season starting on December 7 this season, a week earlier than usual, we’ve got a tremendous opportunity to engage with communities and connect with fans across seven blockbuster nights of Big Bash ahead of the first Men’s Test in Perth. We’re looking forward to seeing the new finals structure in action, culminating in a prime-time Final during the school holidays which is a real win for fans,” Dobson was quoted as saying in a release.

He also said that the schedule for the ninth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will be announced next week.

“We’re working through the final details of the Weber WBBL|09 schedule and look forward to unveiling it in the coming week,” he concluded.

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