Big Bash League 2013-14 | BBL 03
Big Bash League 2013–14 will be the third season of the Big Bash League, the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia. The tournament will begin on 20 December 2013 and end on 15 February 2014. The format will remain the same as the previous season but will run for a time-frame that is two weeks longer. The schedule will also overlap with the 2013–14 Ashes series. It will be the first season to be broadcast on free-to-air television on Network Ten.
The top two teams in the tournament qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. This BBL has made a change in their pattern by increasing the number of matches from thirty one to thirty five which has given every team four home games.
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The league will have eight teams participating in it which will be Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Stickers, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. All the teams are as good as the others and all of them will be eyeing the Big Bash League’s Trophy. The enthusiasm between the teams is building up at a fast rate and the fans have started buying tickets already.
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The tournament is competed by 8 city based teams; each state has a representative from its capital city apart from Melbourne and Sydney who have two teams each. Teams are allowed to sign up to 18 players and no less than 14 for the tournament and have a mixture of national and international players. The 8 teams play 8 games in total during the league stage with the final four progressing to the knockout stages.
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Sydney Sixers won the first season while last edition was won by Brisbane Heat. Unfortunately, Perth Scorchers could not win the cup in both season despite home fan support and have ended up runners in both seasons. Third season also is a chance for BBL highest scorer Aaron Finch and BBL highest wicket taker Brad Hogg to maintain their leads.
All editions of big bash league have seen great support from Australian cricket enthusiasts. Fans have come out in full colors to support their teams. With many T20 tournaments happening across the world and so many cricket events, it will be exciting to watch what innovation, surprises, and events BBL organizers have during the upcoming season. Until that time, BBL fans will be waiting for on the field excitement, big sixes by international stars, loud noises during BBL matches and much more fun.