The 13th season of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2023-24 is here to entertain cricket fans across the world. The Australian summer of 2023-24 will witness some intense matches, fiery knocks, and mind-blowing performances from the players.
However, the BBL has undergone some significant changes in the number of matches played and the format.
BBL 2023-24 will take place between December 2023 and January 2024. The opening match will be played on December 7, with the Final scheduled for January 24, 2024.
The league will feature a total of 8 teams. The teams that will participate are as follows — Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, and Sydney Thunder.
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Revamped Format of Big Bash League (BBL)
The previous edition of the BBL included 61 matches, including 56 league matches and 5 playoff matches. But from this season on, the league will see 44 matches, which includes 40 league matches and 4 playoff matches.
The changes are in line with keeping fans’ interests in mind and producing world-class cricket performances throughout the league.
In this revamped format, the 8 teams will play 10 games each instead of 14. Each team will play 4 teams once and the other 3 teams twice.
After the 40 league matches, the top 4 teams will battle it out in the playoffs.
Previously, 5 teams participated in the playoffs, which featured 5 playoff matches. But from now on, 4 playoff matches will be played in the BBL.
Teams sitting on No. 1 and No. 2 will compete in the Qualifier on January 19, while the No. 3 and No. 4 teams will face off in the Knockout on January 20.
On January 22, The loser of the Qualifier and the winner of the Knockout will fight it out in the Challenger to book a place in the Final.
Finally, the winner of the Qualifier and the Challenger will square off in the BBL Final on January 24.
BBL 2023-24 Schedule
|Dec 7||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars||Brisbane||6:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 8||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 9||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat||Adelaide||6:45 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 10||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers||Geelong||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 11||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers||Launceston||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 12||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat||Canberra||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 13||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 19||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder||Adelaide||6:45 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 20||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Perth||4:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 21||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 22||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 23||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder||Albury||3:30 PM/10:00 AM|
|Dec 23||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades||Hobart||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 26||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars||Sydney||6:05 PM/12.35 PM|
|Dec 26||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades||Perth||6:15 PM/3:45 PM|
|Dec 27||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder||Brisbane||6:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 28||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||Hobart||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 29||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 30||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Dec 31||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars||Adelaide||6:45 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 1||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||Hobart||4:00 PM/10:30 AM|
|Jan 1||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers||Brisbane||6:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 2||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 3||Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat||Coffs Harbour||6:05 PM/12:35 PM|
|Jan 3||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Perth||6:15 PM/3:45 PM|
|Jan 4||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 5||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers||Adelaide||6:45 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 6||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 7||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||Brisbane||6:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 8||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 9||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide||6:40 PM/1:40 PM|
|Jan 10||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers||Brisbane||6:40 PM/1:40 PM|
|Jan 11||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers||Hobart||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 12||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 13||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat||Perth||1:15 PM/10:45 AM|
|Jan 13||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars||Melbourne||7:30 PM/2:00 PM|
|Jan 14||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||Canberra||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 15||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes||Melbourne||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 16||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers||Perth||4:40 PM/2:10 PM|
|Jan 17||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades||Sydney||7:15 PM/1:45 PM|
|Jan 19||Qualifier: No. 1 vs No. 2||TBC||TBC|
|Jan 20||Knockout: No. 3 vs No. 4||TBC||TBC|
|Jan 22||Challenger: Winner of Knockout vs Loser of Qualifier||TBC||TBC|
|Jan 24||Final: Winner of Qualifier vs Winner of Challenger||TBC||TBC|
BBL 2023-24 Broadcasting and Live Streaming
Foxtel and Channel 7 will broadcast the BBL 2023-24 live on TV, while Kayo Sports will live stream it in Australia.
In India, cricket fans can enjoy the BBL broadcast on Star Sports TV channels.