Big Bash League 2023-24 starts on December 7 – watch live in India

As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the commencement of the 13th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) on December 7, Cricket Australia has introduced significant changes to the tournament format, promising an exhilarating season filled with intense T20 action. Scheduled to run until January 24, 2024, the BBL 2023-24 aims to captivate fans with a condensed schedule featuring 44 T20 matches, a reduction from the previous 61, in an effort to streamline the tournament window.

Participating Franchises: Eight Teams, One Title

Eight franchises will vie for the coveted BBL 2023-24 title, showcasing the best of Australian T20 cricket talent. The teams in contention are Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, and Sydney Thunder. The league stage will comprise 40 matches, with each team playing 10 games.

Playoffs Format: A New Thrilling Structure

The playoffs stage has undergone a revamp, introducing a four-game finals series to determine the ultimate BBL champion. After the conclusion of the league matches, the top four teams in the standings will advance to the playoffs. The Qualifier will see the top two teams battle for a direct entry into the final, while the third and fourth-placed teams will face off in the Knockout.

The winner of the Knockout will progress to the Challenger, where they’ll meet the losing team from the Qualifier. The victor of the Challenger secures the last coveted spot in the BBL 2023-24 final.

Grand Finale: January 24, 2024

The culmination of the thrilling season will take place in the BBL 2023-24 final on January 24, 2024. Fans can expect high-octane action as the top teams compete for supremacy in the marquee event, adding an exclamation point to the revamped BBL season.

Big Bash League 2023-24 teams and squads

Adelaide Strikers: Travis Head (captain), Wes Agar, James Bazley, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Brendan Doggett, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Chris Lynn, Ben Manenti, D’Arcy Short, Matt Short, Henry Thornton, Jamie Overton, Adam Hose, Jake Weatherald, Harry Nielsen (wicket-keeper), David Payne

Brisbane Heat: Usman Khawaja (captain), Xavier Bartlett, Josh Brown, Max Bryant, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, Jimmy Peirson (wicket-keeper), Will Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Colin Munro, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Paul Walter, Jack Wildermuth

Hobart Hurricanes: Nathan Ellis (captain), Iain Carlisle, Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Peter Hatzoglou, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wicket-keeper), Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Billy Stanlake, Mac Wright, Chris Jordan, Sam Hain, Corey Anderson, Liam Guthrie, Nikhil Chaudhary, Sam Heazlett

Melbourne Renegades: Nic Maddinson (captain), Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, MacKenzie Harvey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Jon Wells, Will Sutherland, Adam Zampa, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Harry Dixon

Melbourne Stars: Glenn Maxwell (captain), Scott Boland, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Harper (wicket-keeper), Joel Paris, Nick Larkin, Tom Rogers, Mark Steketee, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Liam Dawson 

Perth Scorchers: Ashton Turner (captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis (wicket-keeper), Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh, Hamish McKenzie, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman (wicket-keeper), Zak Crawley, Laurie Evans

Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques (captain), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Joel Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Todd Murphy, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, James Vince, Rehan Ahmed, Steve Smith

Sydney Thunder: Chris Green (captain), Cameron Bancroft, Ollie Davies, Matt Gilkes  (wicket-keeper), Liam Hatcher, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Alex Hales, Zaman Khan

Double Headers on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

The festive season will be amplified with double headers on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, treating fans to a cricketing spectacle and ensuring an unforgettable experience as the year comes to a close and the new one begins.

Defending Champions: Perth Scorchers Eyeing Repeat Success

Perth Scorchers enter the season as the defending champions, having clinched an unprecedented fifth title in the previous edition. Their victory over Brisbane Heat in a thrilling final secured their status as the team to beat, setting the stage for an intense battle to defend their crown.

Where to Watch in India: Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar

For fans in India, the BBL 2023-24 will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2 SD and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels. Live streaming is available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website, ensuring cricket enthusiasts don’t miss a moment of the exhilarating T20 action.

Big Bash League 2023-24 schedule and live match start times

All match timings are in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and DateMatchVenueTime (IST)
Thursday, December 7Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne StarsThe Gabba, Brisbane1:45 PM
Friday, December 8Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne RenegadesSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1:45 PM
Saturday, December 9Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane HeatAdelaide Oval, Adelaide1:45 PM
Sunday, December 10Melbourne Renegades vs Perth ScorchersSimonds Stadium, Geelong1:45 PM
Monday, December 11Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney SixersNorth Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston1:45 PM
Tuesday, December 12Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane HeatManuka Oval, Canberra1:45 PM
Wednesday, December 13Melbourne Stars vs Perth ScorchersMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1:45 PM
Tuesday, December 19Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney ThunderAdelaide Oval, Adelaide1:45 PM
Wednesday, December 20Perth Scorchers vs Hobart HurricanesPerth Stadium, Perth1:45 PM
Thursday, December 21Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane HeatDocklands Stadium, Melbourne1:45 PM
Friday, December 22Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide StrikersSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1:45 PM
Saturday, December 23Melbourne Stars vs Sydney ThunderLavington Sports Oval, Albury10:00 AM
Saturday, December 23Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne RenegadesBellerive Oval, Hobart1:45 PM
Tuesday, December 26Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne StarsSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney12:35 PM
Tuesday, December 26Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne RenegadesPerth Stadium, Perth3:45 PM
Wednesday, December 27Brisbane Heat vs Sydney ThunderThe Gabba, Brisbane1:45 PM
Thursday, December 28Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne StarsBellerive Oval, Hobart1:45 PM
Friday, December 29Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide StrikersDocklands Stadium, Melbourne1:45 PM
Saturday, December 30Sydney Thunder vs Sydney SixersSydney Showground Stadium, Sydney1:45 PM
Sunday, December 31Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne StarsAdelaide Oval, Adelaide1:45 PM
Monday, January 1Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney ThunderBellerive Oval, Hobart10:30 AM
Monday, January 1Brisbane Heat vs Sydney SixersThe Gabba, Brisbane1:45 PM
Tuesday, January 2Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne RenegadesMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1:45 PM
Wednesday, January 3Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane HeatInternational Sports Stadium, Coffs Harbour12:35 PM
Wednesday, January 3Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide StrikersPerth Stadium, Perth3:45 PM
Thursday, January 4Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart HurricanesDocklands Stadium, Melbourne1:45 PM
Friday, January 5Adelaide Strikers vs Perth ScorchersAdelaide Oval, Adelaide1:45 PM
Saturday, January 6Melbourne Stars vs Sydney SixersMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1:45 PM
Sunday, January 7Brisbane Heat vs Hobart HurricanesThe Gabba, Brisbane1:45 PM
Monday, January 8Sydney Thunder vs Perth ScorchersSydney Showground Stadium, Sydney1:45 PM
Tuesday, January 9Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart HurricanesAdelaide Oval, Adelaide2:10 PM
Wednesday, January 10Brisbane Heat vs Perth ScorchersThe Gabba, Brisbane2:10 PM
Thursday, January 11Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide StrikersBellerive Oval, Hobart1:45 PM
Friday, January 12Sydney Sixers vs Sydney ThunderSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney1:45 PM
Saturday, January 13Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane HeatPerth Stadium, Perth10:45 AM
Saturday, January 13Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne StarsDocklands Stadium, Melbourne2:00 PM
Sunday, January 14Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide StrikersManuka Oval, Canberra1:45 PM
Monday, January 15Melbourne Stars vs Hobart HurricanesMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne1:45 PM
Tuesday, January 16Perth Scorchers vs Sydney SixersPerth Stadium, Perth2:10 PM
Wednesday, January 17Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne RenegadesSydney Showground Stadium, Sydney1:45 PM
Friday, January 19Qualifier TBC1:45 PM
Saturday, January 20KnockoutTBC1:45 PM
Monday, January 22ChallengerTBC1:45 PM
Wednesday, January 24BBL 2023-24 finalTBC1:45 PM

As the BBL 2023-24 unveils its new chapter, cricket aficionados can anticipate a season filled with excitement, innovation, and the electrifying atmosphere that has become synonymous with Australia’s premier T20 competition. Get ready to witness a cricketing spectacle like never before!

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