The first season of the Big Bash League T20 competition will be held this December and will see eight city-based franchises participate in the tournament.
Two teams from Melbourne and Sydney will join one team from Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Adelaide in a round-robin tournament and the top four sides at the end of the league stage will qualify for the knock-out stage.
The Big Bash League replaced the KFC Big Bash which was played between 2005-06 and 2010-11. The KFC Big Bash had six state-based sides, but the format was changed in the Big Bash League to introduce a city-based franchise model.
The eight teams which will compete in the Big Bash League from this season are Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
Foreign participation has been limited to two players for each team, and players from England, West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa have been signed up as well. The Indian cricket board refused to send their players for the tournament because the Big Bash League clashed with India’s domestic season back home.
Each of the eight sides will play the other teams once in the tournament and at the end of the 28 league games, the top four sides will make it to the semi-finals. The winners in the semi-finals will play in the final that will be held on January 28.