The cricketing world is changing and many different countries are building up their own twenty 20 league to popularize the game. KFC Big Bash League is one of the most sought after Twenty 20 league in the world of cricket. This Australian domestic twenty 20 league was established in the year 2011. It was first known as KFC T20 Big Bash where teams of different states used to take part in it. The new league came up with new format where the teams from different cities came in taking part in the tournament. This will be the fourth season of the tournament which will take place in the year 2014/2015.
The number of teams taking part in the tournament this year is eight. The teams that will be taking part in the tournament are namely the Adelaide Striker from the city of Adelaide, the Brisbane Heat from the city of Brisbane; Hobart Hurricane from Hobart, Melbourne city has two teams in the tournament namely the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. The famous city of Sydney too has two different teams participating in the league and is known as Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunders. The last team of that is taking part in the tournament is a team from Perth known as the Perth Scorchers. Each team has a home ground in the tournament and the eight different stadiums that will be hosting the league matches are namely Adelaide Oval, the Blundstone Arena, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground, ANZ Stadium, Etihad Stadium, The Gabba and the famous WACA cricket ground. These 8 stadiums will act as the hosts to all the league matches in the 2014/15 season.
According to the current format of the tournament the eight teams will be playing in the league stage first then the top four teams in the league will qualify for the semi-final round of the tournament. These four teams will fight against each other to reach the final of the tournament. in the league round of the tournament each team will face each other twice in the tournament. The league matches are played in the home and away format and winner of each match will get 2 points from the match. Later these points will bring out the top 4 teams of the league to give the semi-finalists.
This tournament is all set to begin on 18th of December. The first match will be featuring Adelaide Striker and Melbourne Stars and will be played in Adelaide oval. The final of the tournament will be played on 28th January. The television rights for the league are for ten network channel. The tickets for the tournament will be going on sale from 28th October. The tickets will be available on the Official website of the Big Bash League. Last year the tournament was won by the team from Perth and it will be interesting to see whether they will be able to win the league once again. The top two teams will be going straight to the champions league T20 2015.