The fielding team must start the final over of an inning within 79 minutes (plus allowances) or else they will only be able to use four fielders instead of five outside the field restriction circle for the remainder of the inning.
There are a lot of those! The Scorchers will play the Sydney Sixers in the season’s opening weekend in a rematch of last year’s grand final. This will mark Perth’s return to Optus Stadium after playing all but one game away from home in 2021–2022.
On Friday, December 23, when the Strikers play the Heat at the Gabba, former Bash Brother Chris Lynn will play his first game against his former team. The Strikers will also host their customary New Year’s Eve match at Adelaide Oval versus the Stars.
The Stars and Renegades will face off in the Melbourne derby on January 3 at the MCG, drawing a large crowd. The first Sydney Smash will take place at the Showground Stadium on January 8 before the second leg at the SCG on January 23.
A thrilling Boxing Day doubleheader following the first day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa, as well as another doubleheader to close out the home-and-away season on January 25, are also events to look forward to. On Christmas Eve, the Hurricanes will host the Renegades at Blundstone Arena.
The Eliminator, Qualifier, and Knockout finals take place over the weekend of January 27–29, just two days after the regular season ends. With a double opportunity for the top two clubs, the BBL|12 finals will have the same format as the previous three seasons. The team that wins the Qualifier seven days earlier will host the championship game, which will take place on Saturday, February 4.
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There are several international superstars who will travel to Australia for BBL|12 as a result of the first BBL Draft, but there are also many domestic superstars who are set to light up the Big Bash this summer.
David Warner is the biggest T20 player in the world, and after the Sydney Test, he will join the Thunder for the last five regular-season games. This will be his first BBL match in nine years. After the Test season, Cameron Green, a talented Australian all-rounder who was just nominated for the Indian Premier League auction later this month, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, and Travis Hea For the Heat, Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja; for the Strikers, Alex Carey and Travis Head; and for the Sixers, Nathan Lyon.
Winners of the T20 World Cup, Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis, as well as Matthew Wade and Tim David of Australia, will all play the entire season for the Stars and Hurricanes, respectively.
Unfortunately, Mitch Marsh has been disqualified from the event after having ankle surgery, while Glenn Maxwell won’t be able to compete until at least mid-January after fracturing his leg during a birthday party.d for the Heat, will play for the Scorchers.