About Big Bash League (BBL)

The Big Bash League is one of the most popular leagues in the world. Second, possibly only to the Indian Premier League in terms of viewership and quality of cricket, the Big Bash League has been innovative in every facet. Like the IPL, the BBL attracts players from all across the world, which makes the tournament an even riveting watch. In addition, the surfaces in the BBL have something in them for both the batsmen and bowlers, which make the overall cricket a delight to watch.


The Twenty20 league was established by Cricket Australia in 2011 and is sponsored by the fast-food outlet KFC. So far, there have been 10 seasons of the BBL, and the Big Bash League, 2021-22, will be the 11th edition. The tournament features eight city-based franchises – Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers. Six of the eight teams have won the BBL at least once. Perth Scorchers and Adelaide are the most successful teams in the BBL, with three titles each to their name.


Sydney Sixers won the first edition of the BBL in 2011-12, beating Perth Scorchers in the final. Both Scorchers and Sixers have been among the most consistent teams in the competition, consistently reaching the knockout stages.


Another reason behind BBL’s popularity is the innovations it brings. BBL has always been a step ahead in innovations, introducing the bat flip instead of the traditional coin toss or elements like Power Surge, X-Factor Player and the Bash Boost.


HOWEVER, the BBL numbers in terms of viewership have fallen over the last couple of years. This is attributed to the absence of most Australian superstars from the competition who are primarily on international duty when the BBL is on. The tournament is majorly played between Dec to Feb each year.

BBL Winners List

Here are all the winners of the popular Big Bash League over the years.


2020-21Sydney SixersPerth ScorchersSydney Sixers won by 27 runs
2019-20Sydney SixersMelbourne StarsSydney Sixers won by 19 runs
2018-19Melbourne RenegadesMelbourne StarsMelbourne Renegades won by 13 runs
2017-18Adelaide StrikersHobart HurricanesAdelaide Strikers won by 25 runs
2016-17Perth ScorchersSydney SixersPerth Scorchers won by 9 wickets
2015-16Sydney ThunderMelbourne StarsSydney Thunder won by 3 wickets
2014-15Perth ScorchersSydney SixersPerth Scorchers won by 4 wickets
2013-14Perth ScorchersHobart HurricanesPerth Scorchers won by 39 runs
2012-13Brisbane HeatPerth ScorchersBrisbane Heat won by 34 runs
2011-12Sydney SixersPerth ScorchersSydney Sixers won by 7 wickets

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Big Bash League 2021-22 Schedule

The 2021 edition of the Big Bash League will run from December 5 to January 28. The tournament will be held in 11 venues across Australia. A total of 56 league matches will be played in BBL 11. The top five teams will then qualify for the Playoff stages.


The Playoff phase will comprise five matches – The Eliminator, the Qualifier, the Knock-out, the Challenger and the Final. The fourth and fifth played sides will play the Eliminator. The losing side gets eliminated while the winning team will play the third-placed side in a knockout. Whichever team loses the match will be eliminated from the tournament while the winner plays the Challenger.


The Qualifier will be played between the top two sides on the points table. The team winning this match directly qualifies into the final of the competition, while the losing side will play in the Challenger.

Here is the entire schedule of the Big Bash League 2021-22.


Match NumberMatchDateTime (IST)Venue
1Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars5 Dec 20212:05 PMSydney
2Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat6 Dec 20211:45 PMCanberra
3Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers7 Dec 20211:45 PMMelbourne
4Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers8 Dec 20211:05 PMLaunceston
5Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat8 Dec 20214:05 PMPerth
6Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades9 Dec 20211:45 PMAdelaide
7Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder10 Dec 20211:45 PMMelbourne
8Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes11 Dec 20211:05 PMSydney
9Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers11 Dec 20214:00 PMSydney
10Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars12 Dec 20211:45 PMSydney
11Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades13 Dec 20211:45 PMQueensland
12Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers14 Dec 20211:45 PMHobart
13Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers15 Dec 20211:45 PMMelbourne
14Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder19 Dec 20212:10 PMBrisbane
15Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes20 Dec 20211:45 PMPerth
16Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers21 Dec 20211:45 PMSydney
17Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers22 Dec 20211:45 PMMelbourne
18Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat23 Dec 20211:45 PMAdelaide
19Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars24 Dec 202110:00 AMHobart
20Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers26 Dec 202112:35 PMSydney
21Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades26 Dec 20213:45 PMPerth
22Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers27 Dec 202112:35 PMHobart
23Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars27 Dec 20213:35 PMBrisbane
24Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers28 Dec 20211:45 PMCanberra
25Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat29 Dec 202112:35 PMSydney
26Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes29 Dec 20211:45 PMMelbourne
27Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars30 Dec 20211:45 PMPerth
28Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder31 Dec 20211:45 PMAdelaide
29Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane HeatJan 01, 202210:30 AMHobart
30Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne RenegadesJan 01, 20222:00 PMCoffs Harbour
31Melbourne Stars vs Perth ScorchersJan 02, 202210:00 AMMelbourne
32Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide StrikersJan 02, 20221:45 PMSydney
33Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne RenegadesJan 03, 20221:45 PMMelbourne
34Brisbane Heat vs Sydney SixersJan 04, 20221:45 PMQueensland
35Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart HurricanesJan 05, 202212:35 PMAdelaide
36Perth Scorchers vs Sydney ThunderJan 05, 20223:45 PMPerth
37Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane HeatJan 06, 202212:35 PMGeelong
38Perth Scorchers vs Sydney SixersJan 06, 20223:45 PMPerth
39Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne StarsJan 07, 20221:45 PMAdelaide
40Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney ThunderJan 08, 202212:35 PMMelbourne
41Brisbane Heat vs Hobart HurricanesJan 08, 20223:00 PMBrisbane
42Sydney Sixers vs Perth ScorchersJan 09, 20221:45 PMCoffs Harbour
43Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide StrikersJan 10, 20228:40 AMMelbourne
44Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney ThunderJan 10, 20221:45 PMLaunceston
45Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney SixersJan 11, 20221:45 PMGeelong
46Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide StrikersJan 12, 20221:45 PMBrisbane
47Sydney Thunder vs Hobart HurricanesJan 13, 202210:30 AMSydney
48Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne StarsJan 13, 20222:00 PMMelbourne
49Adelaide Strikers vs Perth ScorchersJan 14, 20222:45 PMAdelaide
50Sydney Sixers vs Sydney ThunderJan 15, 20222:10 PMSydney
51Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane HeatJan 16, 20222:10 PMMelbourne
52Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne RenegadesJan 17, 20222:10 PMHobart
53Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney SixersJan 18, 20221:45 PMAdelaide
54Brisbane Heat vs Perth ScorchersJan 19, 20228:00 AMBrisbane
55Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne RenegadesJan 19, 202211:10 AMSydney
56Melbourne Stars vs Hobart HurricanesJan 19, 20222:20 PMMelbourne
57TBC vs TBC, EliminatorJan 21, 20225:30 AMTBC
58TBC vs TBC, QualifierJan 22, 20225:30 AMTBC
59TBC vs TBC, KnockoutJan 23, 20225:30 AMTBC
60TBC vs TBC, ChallengerJan 26, 20225:30 AMTBC
61TBC vs TBC, FinalJan 28, 20225:30 AMTBC

BBL 2021-22 Teams

There are currently eight teams taking part in the Big Bash League. Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers are the most successful franchises in the tournament, with three titles each. Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat, and Sydney Thunder have lifted the trophy once. Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes are the only two teams never to win the championship.


Here’s a brief about each team at the BBL 2021-22.



1) Sydney Sixers

Sydney Sixers won the inaugural edition of BBL, beating Perth Scorchers in the final and have not looked back since. One of the most consistent teams in the tournament, Sixers initially found it hard to recruit players from the state with Sydney Thunder also around. However, under the captaincy of Brad Haddin, they struck gold right from the start. After finishing third in the league stage, they defeated Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-final before trouncing Perth in the final. The following season wasn’t too great for them as they finished seventh on the points table. A title eluded them for the next few years, but Sydney Sixers more than made up for it by winning back-to-back titles in 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.


Sixers have had a few captains over the years, from Steve Smith to Marcus North, but their most successful captain undoubtedly has been Moises Henriques. He continues to lead the team to date and with a lot of success. Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, James Vince, and Tom Curran have all turned out for Sydney Sixers over the 11 seasons of the BBL.


2) Perth Scorchers

Perth Scorchers is a franchise based out of Perth and one of the most successful and consistent teams in the tournament. Currently led by Mitchell Marsh, Perth Scorchers were runners up in the first two editions of BBL. They ended the streak by winning the 2013-14 edition and followed it up with another win the following season. Perth finished in third place in the 2015-16 season before winning their record third title in 2016-17.


That being said, the 2019 and 2020 seasons haven’t been great for the Perth Scorchers, where they have failed to make it to the playoffs phase. They will be keen on getting back to winning ways come the 2021-22 season.


3) Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Renegades haven’t been the most consistent sides in the BBL, which is disappointing as they have had several promising players in the set-up. They have failed to qualify for the playoffs in 7 of the 10 editions. The Renegades do have a BBL title to their name. They won the championship in 2018-19 in dramatic fashion beating Melbourne Stars in the finale.


Aaron Finch has been the Renegades captain for 9 seasons from 2012 to 2020. However, this season, Nic Maddinson will lead the unit with David Saker as coach. The Indians will closely follow the Renegades side in the upcoming season. Unmukt Chand became the first Indian to be drafted by the Renegades franchise after shifting base to the US and will be looked at closely.


4) Melbourne Stars

The Stars are the equivalent of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. A lot of superstars in the team but an empty cabinet in terms of trophies. Melbourne Stars have made it to the playoffs in 8 of the 10 seasons and finished runners-up thrice, but the trophy still eludes them.


Shane Warne, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have all graced a Stars jersey. Maxwell currently leads the Stars side. The Melbourne Derby is one of the most-watched matches in BBL.

5) Adelaide Strikers

The winners of the 2017-18 edition of the Big Bash League, Adelaide Strikers, have blown hot and cold. They started the BBL poorly, finishing 6th, 5th and 7th on the points table in teh first three years. However, they picked up the pace and topped the standing in the subsequent editions.


The last season wasn’t fruitful for the Strikers as they were knocked out in the Eliminator by Sydney Thunder. Peter Siddle currently leads the Strikers outfit, with Rashid Khan being one of their trump cards.

6) Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat has been one of the most electric franchises in BBL history. They have always boasted of a power-packed top-order and excellent bowling unit. Brisbane Heat won the second edition of the BBL, beating Perth Scorchers in a pulsating final.


While the Brisbane side has always had great players, they haven’t always been on the right side of the result. Barring the season they finished as champions, Brisbane Heat has rarely been able to qualify for the knockout stages. Chris Lynn leads the team.

7) Sydney Thunder

The other team from Sydney, Thunder, won the fifth edition of the Big Bash League. The team performed relatively poorly in the initial years of the tournament. They finished at the bottom of the points table the first three years and seventh the following season. However, they staged a dramatic turnaround to lift the BBL championship in 2015-16. Their popularity was that they were the most-watched team in Australia during that season.


Apart from winning the title in 2015-16, Thunder has been below par. They have failed to qualify for the playoffs on 7 occasions, and even last year could only finish fourth.

8) Hobart Hurricanes

The other team to never lay hands on the BBL trophy, Hobart Hurricanes, has qualified twice but never won it. They have been relatively consistent, managing to make it to the playoffs five times out of 10.


George Bailey and Time Paine have been the longest-serving captains for Hobart, while Peter Handscomb current leads the team. The most significant entity to come out of the Hobarts unit is Jofra Archer, who made quite a name in BBL 7.

BBL Rules Explained


The Big Bash League is known for several innovations, and the 2021-22 season will be no different. Here are some of the innovations added in BBL 2021.

1) X-Factor Player

Teams can substitute an X-factor player at the end of 10 overs in the first innings. The player must be named a 12th or 13th man on the team sheet. He can replace any player on the team who is yet to bat or has bowled one over or less.

2) Bash Boost

Bash Boost is one extra point that is awarded to a team in the middle of the second innings. The rules for Bash Boost is simple. The chasing side will be awarded one bonus point if they are above the equivalent 10-over score of the opposition. If the batting side fails to do so, the chasing side will get the extra point. A team can score a maximum of four points from a match.

3) Power Surge

Power Surge in BBL 2021-22 is two overs during which the fielding side can only have two players outside the inner circle. The side batting can opt for the Power Surge anytime from the 11th over. The Powerplay at the start of the innings is now reduced to four overs. Power Surge gives batting teams a chance to up the ante in the middle overs as well.

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FAQs about Big Bash T20 Fantasy League

What is Big Bash T20 Fantasy League?


Big Bash T20 Fantasy League is the premier T20 competition in Australia played from December to February each year. Every season, superstars from across the world descend to play the championship.


Which is the best app to play BBL T20 Fantasy League?


MPL is undoubtedly the best app to play BBL T20 Fantasy League. 9 croew+ users can’t be wrong, can they? There are various prizes, including cash rewards, to be won every single day on MPL, all from the comforts of your couch. Head over to MPL and download play fantasy cricket today!


When will BBL 2021 start?


BBL 2021 will start on December 5 and will run till January 28. A total of 61 matches will be played in the Big Bash League 2021.


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