The Big Bash T20 League is one of the most competitive T20 domestic leagues. The Australian domestic city based franchises meet up each other in order to fight for the ultimate glory. This league was established in the year 2011 following the franchise based system. These franchises are established on the basis of cities rather than the states which were followed in the previous domestic league. This new league replaced the original KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The advent of this new league bought in much more excitement in the domestic circuit of the Australian league.
In total 8 teams participate in this league which are based on cities like Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. The tournament holds two teams each from Sydney and Melbourne known as the Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunders and Sydney Sixers. Apart from this the team from Adelaide is known as the Adelaide Strikers. The team from Brisbane is named as the Brisbane Heat while the team from Hobart is known as the Hobart Hurricanes. The last team in this tournament is from Perth and is known as the Perth Scorchers. These teams have a home ground for each which is the well-known stadiums across the country. The team from Perth played their home matches in the famous WACA, the team from Adelaide plays their home matches in the Adelaide Oval. The Brisbane Heats play their home matches in the Gabba while the Hobart Hurricanes plays their home matches at the Blundstone Arena. The Melbourne Renegades takes on the visitors in Eithad Stadium while Melbourne stars got the MCG as their home ground. The Sydney Thunders plays their home matches in the Sydney Showground Stadium while the Sydney Sixers plays their home matches in Sydney Cricket Ground.
As each team has their own home grounds the league follows a home and away rule. Each team hosts the other team once in the tournament. The winner of the league matches earns 2 points on a win and 1 point on a draw. This helps in deciding the top 4 team at the end of the league. At the end of the league stages the top 4 teams fight against each other in the semi-final and finals to go for the ultimate glory.
The Perth Scorchers will be starting the league as the defending champions. This team has been the most successful team in the league as they have won as many as 2 titles since the introduction of this tournament. This year the league will be starting off with Adelaide Strikers taking on the Melbourne Stars on 18th of December. It will be fun to see whether this time around we will have a new champion or Perth Scorchers will be able to defend their title.