A total of 59 matches will be played in the eighth edition of Australia’s T20 league, Big Bash League or BBL. This is a massive increase of 16 matches from the previous season. The upcoming season of the BBL is all set to run from 19th December 2018 to 17th February 2019. As per the schedule which was announced on Wednesday (18th July), it has been revealed that each team will play a total of 14 matches each before heading to the knockout stages.
This will be the first time BBL game will proceed concurrently with Australia’s home Test series. The Melbourne Stars vs Heat game at the MCG coincides with Day 4 of Australia’s day-night Test against Sri Lanka at The Gabba. BBL 08 will run for 13 days more than its previous season, which includes eight double-header days and one triple-header day on 13th January.
The objective is to grow the Big Bash League, says BBL head
As per reports in Cricbuzz, BBL head Kim McConnie says the main motive is to make the BBL as one of the most popular sporting events in Australia. “The objective of moving the BBL to a full home and away fixture is consistent with Cricket Australia’s strategy of growing the Big Bash and becoming number one for fans across Australia. With more games, in more locations, we believe this is going to be one of the most exciting, action-packed BBL seasons to-date”, says Kim McConnie.
BBL head Kim McConnie also adds that the upcoming season will extend past school holidays. The move is initiated so the families could easily enjoy the games with the kids. “This summer, there will be 56 regular season matches, up from 40 last season, meaning each of the eight teams will play each other twice in addition to the two semi-finals and the final. The season will extend past school holidays, so as the competition moves into February, there will be more family-friendly timeslots on weekends to help drive participation”, further quotes Kim McConnie.
Big Bash League has become the second most popular T20 league after the IPL. Big Bash League, just like the IPL has given the massive opportunities to the youngsters as well as senior players to shine on one of the biggest stages of the cricket.