The eighth edition of the Big Bash League, or the BBL08 as it’s popularly known, will be played in the 2018-19 season and there are quite a few exciting changes brought about for this season. Adelaide Strikers will go into the tournament as the defending champions after having won their first title last season and below, you can get all the latest information on the Big Bash League, including its live streaming options, predictions, squads and schedule for this fourth season. Once all the details around the tournament is announced including its schedule and squads, the Big Bash League tickets information will be revealed and updated below.
History of Big Bash League:
The Big Bash League replaced the previously existing KFC Twenty20 Big Bash its first ever season was played in 2011-12. Since its inception, eight teams have played in the competition and that has remained the case throughout till date. The eight teams in question are Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
What Happened in the previous BBL season:
The seventh season of the Big Bash League, it was played between December 2017 and January 2018. The Perth Scorchers had gone into the competition as the defending champions and surely enough they played like one, winning eight of their 10 league stage games and finishing on the top of the points table.
Going into the semi-final, the Scorchers remained favourites to win it again but went down crashing to a Hobart Hurricanes squad that piled on 210/4 batting first. Perth were bowled out for 139 in reply. In the other semi-final, Adelaide Strikers overcame a sterling challenge from Melbourne Renegades to make it to the final too.
The final saw Jake Weatherald smash a 70-ball 115 and while D’Arcy Short had a good outing in that he made 68 off 44, he did not receive too much support from the other end, leaving the Strikers winners by 25 runs.
Rashid Khan’s 18 wickets and Short’s 572 runs topped the bowler and batsman charts respectively.
Winners of Previous BBL Season
Current Big Bash League Format & Schedule
This eighth season of the Big Bash League will be the first ever to feature each side playing the other teams on a home and away basis. So far, every team wasn’t playing equal number of games against every other team in the group but what will be on offer this season is a total of 14 games per side. This will bring the season up to 56 matches during the league stage and that will be followed by three knock-out games - semi-finals and final. The top four sides at the end of the league stage will make the semis.
Big Bash League Schedule for 2018-19 (all local timings)
Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba, December 19, 6:15 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers at Docklands, December 20, 7:15 pm
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars at TBC, December 21, 7:15 pm
Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers at the SCG, December 22, 3:30 pm
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes at Carrara Stadium, December 22, 6:00 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades at Adelaide Oval, December 23, 6:45 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval, December 24, 3:45 pm
Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers at Sydney Showground, December 24, 7:15 pm
Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers at Perth Stadium, December 26, 4:15 pm
Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars at the SCG, December 27, 7:15 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder at Bellerive, December 28, 7:15 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers at Docklands, December 29, 7:00 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers at York Park, December 30, 7:15 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval, December 31, 6:45 pm
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers at Carrara Stadium, January 1, 1:45 pm
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades at the MCG, January 1, 7:15 pm
Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers at Sydney Showground, January 2, 7:15 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers at TBC, January 3, 7:15 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, January 4, 7:15 pm
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder at Carrara Stadium, January 5, 5:15 pm
Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat at Perth Stadium, January 5, 6:30 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval, January 6, 6:45 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes at Docklands, January 7, 7:15 pm
Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat at Sydney Showground, January 8, 7:15 pm
Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers at MCG, January 9, 7:15 pm
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba, January 10, 6:15 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval, January 11, 6:30 pm
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground, January 13, 2:45 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat at TBC, January 13, 6:35 pm
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Perth Stadium, January 13, 6:35 pm
Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes at MCG, January 14, 7:15 pm
Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades at SCG, January 16, 7:15 pm
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder at The Gabba, January 17, 6:15 pm
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes at Perth Stadium, January 18, 6:30 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars at Docklands Stadium, January 19, 6:45 pm
Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat at SCG, January 20, 7:15 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval, January 21, 6:45 pm
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades at Sydney Showground, January 22, 7:15 pm
Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers at TBC, January 23, 2:45 pm
Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes at SCG, January 23, 7:15 pm
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder at Perth Stadium, January 24, 6:40 pm
Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat at MCG, January 27, 7:40 pm
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades at Perth Stadium, January 28, 6:15 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat at Bellerive Oval, January 29, 4:00 pm
Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers at SCG, January 29, 7:00 pm
Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder at Docklands Stadium, January 30, 7:15 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers at York Park, January 31, 7:40 pm
Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers at The Gabba, February 1, 7:40 pm
Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder at SCG, February 2, 7:00 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval, February 3, 5:45 pm
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars at Perth Stadium, February 3, 6:15 pm
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades at Bellerive Oval, February 7, 7:40 pm
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars at The Gabba, February 8, 7:40 pm
Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers at Traeger Park, February 9, 1:15 pm
Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes at TBC, February 9, 6:15 pm
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers at MCG, February 10, 2:45 pm
Semi final 1, February 14 at TBC
Semi final 2, February 15 at TBC
Grand Final, February 17 at TBC
From the 2018-19 edition of the Big Bash League, the TV and online streaming rights to the BBL changed hands and will be broadcast jointly by Fox Sports and Channel Seven in Australia. 43 of these 59 matches will be telecast on both the channels while 16 matches will be exclusive to only Foxtel.
Here’re the other countries and how you can watch the Big Bash League live streaming and on TV:
India - ESPN Sony
New Zealand - Sky Sport
Bangladesh - Sony TEN2
Pakistan - PTV Sports
South Africa - SuperSport
Sri Lanka - Sony Six, Sony ESPN
UK - BT Sport
Canada - CBN & ATN Cricket
USA - Willow, ARY Digital Network
The live telecast details of the Big Bash League for the other countries will be updated as and when we get more information on it.
Big Bash League Tips & Predictions
We will update the match by match tips and predictions for the eighth season of the Big Bash League here before the start of and during the tournament.
Big Bash League Squads
The BBL squads for the eighth season of the competition will be updated here. Teams can sign up for up to two overseas players in their squads.
Adelaide Strikers squad:
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Michael Cormack, David Grant, Travis Head, Colin Ingram (OD), Rashid Khan (OS), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Nick Winter
Brisbane Heat squad:
Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Brendon McCullum (OS), Chris Lynn, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Joe Burns, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Renshaw, Max Bryant, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (OS), Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann.
Hobart Hurricanes squad:
George Bailey (c), Jofra Archer (OS), Johan Botha, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Tymal Mills (int), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade
Melbourne Renegades squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Christopher Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth, Harry Gurney, Usman Shinwari
Melbourne Stars squad:
Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Sebastian Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddison, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichanne (OS), Matt Parkinson
Perth Scorchers squad:
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (int)
Sydney Sixers squad:
Sean Abbott, Joe Denly (int), John Hastings (might miss due to fitness issues), Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Henry Thornton
Sydney Thunder squad:
Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (int), Patrick Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Kurtis Patterson, Joe Root (int), Daniel Sams, Shane Watson.
Big Bash League Tickets
The best part about being able to buy the BBL tickets is they are all available through one common website given that the teams are all managed by the Australian cricket board. The minimum ticket price for the eighth season of the Big Bash League is AUD20 with kids tickets costing a mere AUD5. There’s also a value ticket option in which the entire family that consists of two adults and two children can be bought for just AUD 42.5.
Here’s where you can buy the BBL tickets for the eighth edition on a match by match basis.