Australia news April 6, 2011

New look and feel for freshly formed Big Bash teams

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2011, 16:21 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.

  • R on April 8, 2011, 22:22 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.

  • Shane on April 8, 2011, 0:26 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

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 22:53 GMT

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

  • Basil on April 7, 2011, 11:17 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.

  • Nathan on April 7, 2011, 7:21 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?

  • Garry on April 7, 2011, 6:34 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.

  • Basil on April 7, 2011, 4:11 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 2:51 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2011, 23:38 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?

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