The Big Bash League is a new Australia domestic Twenty20 cricket competition that began in December 2011, with the inaugural competition won by the Sydney Sixers, who defeated the Perth Scorchers by seven wickets in the final, held at the WACA.
The Big Bash League features eight city-based teams from the capital cities of each of the six Australian states, with both Sydney and Melbourne having two teams each.
Fixtures: The competition will commence on 7 December 2012 with games running on a near-daily basis until the final, which will be played on 19 January 2013.
Each team will play a total of seven games, playing each other team in the competition once.
Teams: The eight teams that will feature in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League are:
Similiar to the Indian Premier League, each team has a private ownership model and is able to sign up to 18 players, unrestricted by traditional state-defined boundaries that other Australian domestic cricket competitions have, with each side also able to sign two overseas-based players on their roster.
Some of the notable overseas-signings include Chris Gayle (Sydney Thunder) and Shahid Afridi (Melbourne Renegades).
Of the Australian-based players, Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder), Cameron White (Melbourne Stars), Brad Haddin (Sydney Sixers) and Brett Lee (Sydney Sixers) lead the stars who have signed on for the competition.