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Big Bash League 2020-21: Full squads, Fixtures & Preview: All you need to know

©Big Bash League 2020-21

It is great news for the cricket fans across the globe as the schedule and venues for Australia’s most-watched sporting competition, the Big Bash League (Dec 10, 2020-Feb 06, 2021) have been confirmed.

With over 60 high-octane matches, there will be no dearth of high-level cricket in Australia as all KFC BBL clubs will host matches in their local markets, subject to the public health situation. Australia currently has just around 2,000 active Covid-19 cases which has allowed cricket, both international and domestic, to go ahead.

The fans in the country, which has been quite successful in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic which has run riot across the world, are also hopeful of crowds to return for the competition.

The league, which has previously seen the inception of quirky additions like the bat flip and zing bails, has made quite a few changes this year as well. 

BBL has allowed teams to include three overseas players in their playing XIs this season which is expected to boost viewership. New playing conditions like Power Surge, X-Factor & Bash Boost will also add to the overall spectacle.

In addition to Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and South Australia, all of whom are confirmed to host matches in December, 2020, the League is pleased to confirm that Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria will also host KFC BBL|10 matches in January, 2021.

Five matches will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth, with the first to be held on Sunday, January 3. Four of these matches will be Perth Scorchers home games, ensuring fans in WA get to experience first-hand elite cricket this season.

From Wednesday, January 13, the BBL will travel to Sydney and Melbourne for the run to the finals. Eight matches will be played in Sydney, with the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Showground Stadium to host four each.

Melbourne-based KFC BBL fans will be rewarded for their perseverance through a tough year with 11 matches in January 2021. Five of these will be held at Marvel Stadium, with six at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The final day of the regular season will be played on January 26 and feature a triple-header split between the SCG (one match) and MCG (two matches).

 

The five-match finals series begins on Friday, January 29. The Final has been slated for Saturday, February 6.

Additional matches have also been confirmed for the Adelaide Oval (three), the Gabba (two), Metricon Stadium (four) and Blundstone Arena (two) in early January.

In all, Seven will broadcast 45 matches live including Finals, with Foxtel and Kayo showing all 61 matches live. SEN will also broadcast matches via their radio platforms.

Tickets for all matches being played in December, except those at Adelaide Oval, will go on sale from Friday, November 27. The League is monitoring the situation in South Australia closely and is working with governments to understand its impact on the KFC BBL|10 season.

Information regarding tickets for remaining matches will be made available in due course.

Here's a look at all the team squads:

Adelaide Strikers - Danny Briggs (Eng), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afg), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O'Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (Eng), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells


Brisbane Heat - Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory (Eng), Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence (Eng), Chris Lynn, Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans, Jack Wood

Hobart Hurricanes - Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram (SA), Will Jacks (Eng), Caleb Jewell, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nep), Dawid Malan (Eng), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul (WI), D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Mac Wright

Melbourne Renegades - Noor Ahmad (Afg), Cameron Boyce, Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Benny Howell (Eng), Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afg), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw (SA), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (SA), Imad Wasim (Pak), Beau Webster

Melbourne Stars - Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (WI), Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pak), Zahir Khan (Afg), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa

Perth Scorchers - Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke (Eng), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (Eng), Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro (NZ), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy (Eng), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman

Sydney Sixers - Sean Abbott, Nick Bertus, Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder (WI), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (Eng)

Sydney Thunder - Sam Billings (Eng), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (Eng), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (NZ), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain

The updated schedule of BBL 2020-21 is as follows:

 

1st Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers 01:45 PM 10 Dec

2nd Match   Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 11 Dec

3rd Match   Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder 10:35 AM 12 Dec

4th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers 01:45 PM 12 Dec

5th Match   Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes 08:40 AM 13 Dec

6th Match   Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades 01:45 PM 13 Dec

7th Match   Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 14 Dec

8th Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers 01:45 PM 15 Dec

9th Match   Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars 01:45 PM 16 Dec

10th Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades 05:40 AM 19 Dec

11th Match   Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers 05:40 AM 20 Dec

12th Match   Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers 01:45 PM 22 Dec

13th Match   Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers 01:45 PM 23 Dec

14th Match   Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades 12:40 PM 26 Dec

15th Match   Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars 03:50 PM 26 Dec

16th Match   Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes 01:45 PM 27 Dec

17th Match   Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers 01:45 PM 28 Dec

18th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers 12:40 PM 29 Dec

19th Match   Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars 01:45 PM 29 Dec

20th Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 30 Dec

21st Match   Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers 01:15 PM 31 Dec

22nd Match   Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder 01:45 PM 1 Jan

23rd Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars 11:35 AM 2 Jan

24th Match   Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers 02:45 PM 2 Jan

25th Match   Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades 10:35 AM 3 Jan

26th Match   Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers 01:45 PM 3 Jan

27th Match   Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder 01:45 PM 4 Jan

28th Match   Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes 10:35 AM 4 Jan

29th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers 01:45 PM 5 Jan

30th Match   Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers 01:45 PM 6 Jan

31st Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder 12:40 PM 7 Jan

32nd   Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars 03:50 PM 7 Jan

33rd Match   Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades 12:40 PM 8 Jan

34th Match   Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder 01:45 PM 9 Jan

35th Match   Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 10 Jan

36th Match   Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars 01:45 PM 11 Jan

37th Match   Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes 01:45 PM 12 Jan

38th Match   Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers 01:45 PM 13 Jan

39th Match   Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades 01:45 PM 14 Jan

40th Match   Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers 01:45 PM 15 Jan

41st Match   Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers 01:10 PM 16 Jan

42nd Match   Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades 01:45 PM 17 Jan

43rd Match   Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes 01:45 PM 18 Jan

44th Match   Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 19 Jan

45th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars 01:45 PM 20 Jan

46th Match   Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat 01:45 PM 21 Jan

47th Match   Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers 10:35 AM 22 Jan

48th Match   Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder 01:45 PM 22 Jan

49th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat 10:35 AM 23 Jan

50th Match   Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers 01:45 PM 23 Jan

51st Match   Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers 10:35 AM 24 Jan

52nd Match   Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes 01:45 PM 24 Jan

53rd Match   Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder 01:45 PM 25 Jan

54th Match   Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers 07:35 AM 26 Jan

55th Match   Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes 10:40 AM 26 Jan

56th Match   Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers 02:20 PM 26 Jan

Eliminator   TBA v TBA 05:30 AM 29 Jan

Qualifier   TBA v TBA 05:30 AM 30 Jan

Knockout   TBA v TBA 05:30 AM 31 Jan

Challenger   TBA v TBA 05:30 AM 4 Feb

Final   TBA v TBA 05:30 AM 6 Feb

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