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New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 6, 2011

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The first 2011 Big Bash League graphic issued by CA, 6 April, 2011
The first 2011 Big Bash League graphic issued by CA suggests a radical change to the look and feel of the tournament © Cricket Australia
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The Australian domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League, moved a step closer to its new and revamped avatar, with eight new sides announcing fresh and innovative team names and colours for the 2011 season which gets underway in December. The competition will feature sides based out of the main grounds in the capitals of each of the six Australian states. Melbourne and Sydney will house an extra team each at the Etihad Stadium, and the Sydney Olympic Park respectively.

Cricket Australia's Mike McKenna said the confirmation of team names was an important milestone in the league's development. "Completing the process of developing team names is the first step in explaining to fans what the BBL will look like when teams take the field for the first time in December this year," he said. "A lot has been achieved in a short space of time. While team names, colours and venues have been resolved, work is continuing on a number of other important features of the league, including team logos and uniform development, the competition match schedule, team and BBL operating structures, and the appointment of key personnel by teams.

"The move to city, not state, names is a change from traditional Australian cricket. However in order to grow the game we need to move away from the existing state-based structure because we can't increase the number of teams, and provide more opportunities for players, under the current system which is the core of our four-day and one-day cricket. It's necessary we take this approach now so that BBL can help grow the game and evolve domestic T20 in Australia.

"No-one's underestimating the mountain of work that still needs to be completed before the tournament starts, including issues surrounding player allocation and private investment.

"It's critical we get the issue of private investment right before we roll out this new competition. We've got a meeting with all key parties from CA and the state associations scheduled which will look to finalise this issue and allow teams to continue discussions with potential investors."

In addition to the migration from a state to city-based franchise model, the BBL will also allow private ownership of the teams, though the modalities of investment are yet to be worked out. Despite the entry of private parties, state cricket associations are expected to retain a controlling stake, which is in contrast to the IPL, the biggest and most successful Twenty20 league. McKenna hinted that the focus of allocation will be on creating teams that are evenly matched.

"As far as the allocation of players is concerned, we've come a long way towards working out the model by which players will be signed by teams," he said. "We've been clear from the outset that we want an even spread of talent to give each team a chance to be successful."

Team name Colour Venue Coach
Adelaide Strikers Blue Adelaide Oval Darren Berry
Brisbane Heat Teal Gabba Darren Lehmann
Hobart Hurricanes Purple Bellerive Oval TBC
Perth Scorchers Orange WACA Ground Mickey Arthur
Melbourne Renegades Red Etihad Stadium Simon Helmot
Melbourne Stars Green MCG Greg Shipperd
Sydney Sixers Pink SCG TBC
Sydney Thunder Electric green Sydney Olympic Park TBC

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Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

I can't understand this concept. CA are just trying to milk profits, while trying to attract new (non existant) fans to the game, but totally disregarding current lovers of the game. Domestic cricket belongs in the hands of the state organisations. They are the ones who develop the juniors etc. and actually have an established although for the moment small supporter base. The concept should have been a very easy one, with the 6 current state teams. -- Play Test Matches (and Sheffield Shield) through Nov to early Jan. Forget ODI's and make all international players available for a T20 tournament through Jan-Mar. Draft the (willing) players from the touring test side(s) with an agreed percentage going back to their respective cricket boards. Expand the competition to include 2/3 teams from New Zealand. Schedule the games similarly to Super Rugby with games played on weekends and TV times spaced over several time zones. Profit share similar to the NFL.

Posted by rafe01 on (April 8, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

Adeliade are blue? People have no connections to these colours! Once again, call me old fashioned, but I'm not supporting a team dressed in pink, even though I live just around the corner from their stadium.

Posted by Shane on (April 8, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

This revamp does not make any sense on a strategic, marketing or economic level. Names and teams with little or no connection to their market - Hobart Hurricanes anyone??? No new markets entered into - Canberra, Geelong, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Central QLD. The largest markets split (Sydney and Melbourne) with no guarantee of increased patronage - I can see the Sydney Sixers struggling for a crowd at the SCG. And where does this enhance the future of Australian Cricket. Whilst we are increasing our commitment to T20 - England who thumped us this summer is playing less T-20. Why? Because they know the greatest contributor to the growth of the game and financial rewards is not domestic or franchised cricket but the on-going success of the National Team. If CA thinks this will be a money spinner in the IPL range they are kidding themselves for one simple reason - market size. Australia = 20ish million, India =1.3 billion more or less. This initiative is a fatal misunderstanding of the game

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

i should have purchased my state's (WA) t20 jersey when i had the chance. something cool about something you cant get anymore.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 7, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

To everyone mentioning Darwin, in theory it sounds great but just keep in mind a little thing called the "WET season". When it rains in Darwin- it rains. Rain and Cricket don't mix. Unless a roofed stadium is built up there, there will be many a wash-out.

Posted by Nathanmonk123 on (April 7, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

they should get a few more nz players in there. doesn't everyone agree that the black caps are gonna become one of the best sides in world cricket soon?

Posted by katandthat3 on (April 7, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

Yep agree with the other comments in regards to the other places missing out. I think they could have added Canberra (but they're waiting to to get lighting infrastructure to Manuka with the help of the AFL/GWS), Geelong, Newcastle or particularly Darwin. Hopefully it's still an option down the track. Wokam, the names suck big time so they should ridiculed, the colours much the same. There are plenty of good things but it looks like a total rush job by CA despite being 2 years behind the 8 ball.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 7, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

As an Aussie, im embarrassed. Also what is it about cricket and not wanting to expand. These teams are from only the capital cities - cricket starved Canberra, Geelong, and Newcastle with healthy populations could have supported teams. Just like only 10 teams in future WCups. Administraters seem reluctant to grow the game.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

I'm really not sure if this has been thought through with the fans in mind. Adelaide & Brisbane in blue? Hobart in purple? Sydney in fluro colours? Not very traditional. Im not sure how many Maroons will be wearing teal at the Gabba? On a parent stand point that's another 2 shirts I have to buy for my kids. An investment of over $200 I'd say. Doesn't leave a lot of cash to actually go to a game. Also, when has Hobart had a Hurricane? On a positive note, the major markets having two teams is a plus and utilising big arenas like Docklands/MCG & Olympic Park/SCG excellent.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 0:38 GMT)

@ Stuart Francis: lol when was the last time you saw a Tiger walking through Balmain, a Dragon in St George, a Kangaroo in North Melbourne or a Demon (or Saint!!) at the MCG? I dont think realism is the top of the list! I must agree though that some of these names are....interesting. And why are the Heat teal?

Posted by Meety on (April 7, 2011, 0:26 GMT)

@ryangsmith - I think that is exactly what the thinking is for Cric Oz re: extra teams. The thing that annoys me is that what is stopping Cric Oz having sides from Canberra & Darwin straight away. Increasing NSW & Vic teams could of happenned 2 or 3 yrs down the track. I wouldn't mind the idea of a an All Stars XI playing out of Darwin - with guys like Hayden, Gilly, Langar, Martyn, Symonds (Warne??), playing with a few locals/young talent. They wouldn't be taking positions away from other young players & who says we have to have an even number of teams? The Johnny Walker All Stars match at the start of the season is pretty popular. @Wokam - you are right to some extent (unfortunately). Most comments on this sight come from traditionalists, but T20 is popular to the more time challenged younger generations, who see 5 days to get a result as boring & don't have the concentration span to spend 7 1/2 hrs @ an ODI! I just hope it doesn't detract from 1st Class & List A.

Posted by candyfloss on (April 6, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

What a wannabe tournament haha.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

There was nothing wrong with the format as it was, now interest in that will be even lower than it is for Domestic Cricket and will be buried amongst the Tests and ODI's and the tennis who now almost own January in Australia.

Posted by Xtermin8 on (April 6, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

This must be a curtain raiser to the actual release of names/colours right? Teal for heat? Hurricane Hobart? Surely a good idea for marketing the teams would have been to get the general public interested by allowing them to provide feedback towards their team names, or better yet making it a competition for kids etc. Oh well hope the 'Adelaide Strikers' don't 'hog the strike' ;)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

When was the last time Hobart experienced a hurricane......

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

If BCCI allows their players to participate in this league and if Australia avoids their national fixtures during that period then this could become world's best ever T20 competition.

Looking forward to it. Major problem for us will be the timing of these matches, during match timings all of us will be in our offices.

Posted by rafe01 on (April 6, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

No Fair! Why do I have to be Mr Pink? Seriously though, pink is not a colour for a men's sporting team. The "Big Bash"? - what is this - a preschoolers competition? How is anyone meant to take this seriously? And I agree -if you want it to take off it has to go free to air. Its really disappointing, because an IPL style twenty20 league that got people involved would be fantastic. I think you can count Sydney's east out with this pink s..t. CA give the the s..ts. Surry Hills resident.

Posted by kimwyles on (April 6, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

seeing as though the bigbash.com.au web site is not even online yet, this isn't a great start for the "BBL"

Posted by Gizza on (April 6, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

At least the names are better than the IPL ones, haha! Anyway, I thought the best thing about expanding the Big Bash (something which even non-T20 fans would like) is that new parts of Australia get to have their own team. Like Canberra, Newcastle, Darwin, Gold Coast or Geelong. But they kept the two new teams to Western Sydney (but it's not even called that) and the Docklands part of Melbourne. They should at the very least play games in in the towns I referred to just like the IPL played a few games in Ahmedabad and Cuttack.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Might get new cricket fans at the loss of the already cricket fans. Needed teams in Geelong, Newcastle, Canberra and NT for this to be 'different' to any other sport in the country.

Fancy names won't get you cricket supporters or the kids we aren't that blind anymore by floodlights, its a good idea in a whole but it will be tough times ahead I think.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

I think its kinda odd to see players doing International duty not available for Big bash. It devalues the tournaments spectator value. Let Oct_Nov be team 1 and Jan-Feb be for team 2 (International teams doing 2 tests and 3 ODI or 4 tests and 5 ODIs) and let the whole of december be for the Big bash.

Posted by Wokam on (April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

People need to stop having a sook over details like the names and colours of the teams, this format will attract real attention to a largely unwatched and ignored domestic team where it looks like interstate players will get a chance to play together be fore going international. It's a great idea, hopefully it'll managed properly and bring domestic cricket alive so people STOP HAVING A CRY!!!!

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (April 6, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

Well, I for one, will not be attending a single match of this 'cricket' tournament...in an attempt to display my disgust for CA. Split innings One Day games and then this. I'm convinced they are trying to kill Australian cricket. So far they're doing a fantastic job.

Posted by fwd079 on (April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Would love to watch it and see if change can bring a change.

Posted by Chris_Howard on (April 6, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

I think this should be called the Southern Australia Big Bash. No Darwin? No Cairns? I guess they are minnows in the Australian domestic landscape, and we all know how poorly Cricket Australia thinks of cricket minnows.

Posted by katandthat3 on (April 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

I think once the cricket starts it should be ok, although I'm worried what this will do to 1st class cricket in Australia. Pretty happy to see Simon Helmot get a crack at some bigger time coaching, has worked well with shippy and also to see some more seasoned 1st class cricketers in Lehmann and Berry involved also. Arthur will have WA/Perth in better shape next season. My main beef is with the names. Does it have to be so American? Haven't noticed too many hurricanes in Australia let alone Hobart - could be mistaken for thinking these are Basketball or Baseball teams. CA don't totally sell your souls to the devil although you're probably 3/4's of the way there.

Posted by malavi on (April 6, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

This seems very rushed to me. Pink? seriously? And why is a team called 'heat' teal instead of a colour like red. And why couldn't the 2nd sydney & melbourne teams be from somewhere else in NSW and VIC, at the very least a certain region or suburb from those cities.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Looks interesting but if you are going to have 2 sydney or mlebourne teams then they should be differentiated by geographic location. Like the South West Sydney Sixers or the North Melbourne Renegades. Otherwise everything else looks. I heard some previously comment about it not being on Free-To-Air television. Well im pretty sure thats incorrect, because when they announced it they did say they were going to have an NRL-type broadcast deal, where they would have 1-2 games on free-to-air while the rest would be on pay tv.

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (April 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

I have no intention of following this rubbish, primarily because I don't enjoy the idea of the likes of Cameron White, Aaron Finch, Brad Hodge etc. playing for the Bushrangers in first class and List A matches (in the case of Hodge), then seeing them potentially playing for Perth or either of the Sydney teams. Also, T20 is already on overkill, and this is making it worse, at the detriment of First Class cricket. Still, full marks on the names, especially Perth Scorchers.

Posted by Boris72 on (April 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

I thought they would have learnt from the IPL on the problems of privitising cricket in such a way... Everything about it is just wrong. I'm a traditionalist and maybe a bit biased, but I can't see any good coming from this. Twenty20 isn't very popular in Australia anyway, so why put the effort into it? Expand Tests or ODIs, not this.

Posted by KingofRedLions on (April 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Faily faily fail fail fail.

Posted by RyanSmith on (April 6, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

The only way a league such as this can work is if franchised based cricket becomes the norm and where playing intenational matches is scaled back with international 'windows' like in soccer. I think it could be quite popular if the australian international players are involved in a big way. But it will mean massive changes to test cricket IMO. It also wouldn't surprise me to see NZ teams in this competition in future, like the A-league or the NRL. I could see a 10 team competition with a North Island & South Island team from our Kiwi neighbours. Also it needs to be broadcast on free to air TV for the Australian public to really get behind the teams.

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 6, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

Well I hope this league falls flat on its face and they give it up as a bad joke! T20 is NOT what we should be concentrating on. FC cricket is what's important.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Blue and teal?! Why not give one of the teams yellow or black? Looks like they've spent quite some time figuring out team colours and names. Can't wait to hear more about BBL.

Posted by sifter132 on (April 6, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

3 points which will count against this league: 1) Australia's international players won't be involved this season at least and that's a big blow to the competition 2) The comp won't be on free to air TV, so over half the population won't be able to watch. So unless you are from a capital city or have pay TV, then this league will do NOTHING for you. Not being on free TV hurts cricket's popularity and we're seeing kids choosing other sports over cricket. 3) The team names are all pretty lame. Renegades is probably my favourite. What about Hurricanes?? We don't even get hurricanes in Australia...

Posted by Dr_Van_Nostrand on (April 6, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

This whole concept is just so, so, so, so, so stupid. I hope the fans ignore it and demand our State sides return. Cricket Australia just continues to get more greedy and more stupid. AND THESE NAMES!!!??? HAHAHAHA. Complete and utter FAIL.

Posted by Meety on (April 6, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

LOL! Sydney Sixes are Pink! Ah well hey! Not strictly speaking against the BBL, but I don't want it encroaching on the Oz Domestic season. I think it should be shunted into February/March or held in Sep/Oct. The only problem that I see - is that it then encroaches on the repective Footy seasons. Surely a compromise could be reached there? The next biggest problem the BBL will have is - How often do International stars play for the franchises? This would be something I would want to know before I'd invest in a team. Whatever happens - I think that the BBL will detract from the 1st class structure in terms of continuity. I think IF the BBL HAS to be played Dec/Feb, I think Cric Oz needs to beef up the Futures comp, to allow players more suited to 1st class cricket to have a game whilst all the slog fest is being played. I Personally think that the BBL could of worked under State teams, played after or before a 50 over or Shield Game. NT & ACT could be included mid-week!

Posted by andrew.henshaw on (April 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

Over time, this will kill domestic cricket as we know it.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

If only the IPL teams could a lesson or two in naming themselves from their Aussie counterparts.

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