One of the premier T20 tournaments in the world — the Big Bash League (BBL) — is all set to start from Thursday, with the opening match between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers at the Spotless Stadium.
This BBL will showcase a plethora of exciting young talents. That is not all: Fans of the international game will also get to see a number West Indian cricketers, including Chris Gayle, former England man Kevin Pietersen and a couple of legendary Sri Lankan batsmen.
Eight teams will battle it out to lift the coveted trophy on 24 January, 2016.
All eight teams have pretty big names from the world of cricket in their respective squads, and it will be fascinating to see all these players locking horns in this edition of the BBL.
The BBL will also be a good platform for youngsters who want to catch the eye of selectors ahead of the ICC World T20 2016, which will take place in India from March.
TV listings: All the matches will be shown on Fox Sports channels in Australia. Audience in India can watch the BBL matches on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1. Viewers in the UK can tune in to Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 for the live broadcast.
Complete fixtures of the Big Bash League 2015-2016:
|Date||Round||Match#||Home Team||Match||Away Team||Venue||Match Time (Local)||Broadcast Time (AEST)|
|Thursday 17 December||1||1||Sydney Thunder||vs||Sydney Sixers||Spotless||1930||1930|
|Friday 18 December||1||2||Adelaide Strikers||vs||Melbourne Stars||Adelaide Oval||1900||1930|
|Saturday 19 December||1||3||Brisbane Heat||vs||Melbourne Renegades||GABBA||1800||1900|
|Sunday 20 December||1||4||Sydney Sixers||vs||Hobart Hurricanes||SCG||1600||1600|
|Sunday 20 December||2||5||Melbourne Stars||vs||Sydney Thunder||MCG||1930||1930|
|Monday 21 December||2||6||Perth Scorchers||vs||Adelaide Strikers||WACA||1600||1900|
|Tuesday 22 December||2||7||Hobart Hurricanes||vs||Brisbane Heat||Blundstone||1900||1900|
|Wednesday 23 December||2||8||Melbourne Renegades||vs||Sydney Sixers||Etihad||1900||1900|
|Saturday 26 December||3||9||Perth Scorchers||vs||Brisbane Heat||WACA||1600||1900|
|Sunday 27 December||3||10||Sydney Sixers||vs||Melbourne Stars||SCG||1900||1900|
|Monday 28 December||3||11||Sydney Thunder||vs||Adelaide Strikers||Spotless||1900||1900|
|Tuesday 29 December||3||12||Brisbane Heat||vs||Hobart Hurricanes||GABBA||1800||1900|
|Wednesday 30 December||4||13||Melbourne Renegades||vs||Perth Scorchers||Etihad||1900||1900|
|Thursday 31 December||4||14||Adelaide Strikers||vs||Sydney Sixers||Adelaide Oval||1830||1900|
|Friday 1 January||4||15||Hobart Hurricanes||vs||Sydney Thunder||Blundstone||1900||1900|
|Saturday 2 January||4||16||Melbourne Stars||vs||Melbourne Renegades||MCG||1800||1800|
|Saturday 2 January||5||17||Perth Scorchers||vs||Sydney Sixers||WACA||1800||2100|
|Sunday 3 January||5||18||Brisbane Heat||vs||Sydney Thunder||GABBA||1800||1900|
|Monday 4 January||5||19||Hobart Hurricanes||vs||Melbourne Renegades||Blundstone||1930||1930|
|Tuesday 5 January||5||20||Adelaide Strikers||vs||Perth Scorchers||Adelaide Oval||1900||1930|
|Wednesday 6 January||6||21||Melbourne Stars||vs||Hobart Hurricanes||MCG||1930||1930|
|Thursday 7 January||6||22||Sydney Thunder||vs||Perth Scorchers||Spotless||1930||1930|
|Friday 8 January||6||23||Brisbane Heat||vs||Adelaide Strikers||GABBA||1830||1930|
|Saturday 9 January||6||24||Melbourne Renegades||vs||Melbourne Stars||Etihad||1900||1900|
|Sunday 10 January||7||25||Hobart Hurricanes||vs||Perth Scorchers||Blundstone||1600||1600|
|Sunday 10 January||7||26||Sydney Sixers||vs||Brisbane Heat||SCG||1930||1930|
|Monday 11 January||7||27||Sydney Thunder||vs||Melbourne Renegades||Spotless||1930||1930|
|Wednesday 13 January||7||28||Adelaide Strikers||vs||Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Oval||1900||1930|
|Thursday 14 January||8||29||Melbourne Stars||vs||Brisbane Heat||MCG||1930||1930|
|Saturday 16 January||8||30||Sydney Sixers||vs||Sydney Thunder||SCG||1800||1800|
|Saturday 16 January||8||31||Perth Scorchers||vs||Melbourne Stars||WACA||1800||2100|
|Monday 18 January||8||32||Melbourne Renegades||vs||Adelaide Strikers||Etihad||1930||1930|
|Thursday 21 January||Semi||1||TBC||vs||TBC||TBC||1930||1930|
|Friday 22 January||Semi||2||TBC||vs||TBC||TBC||1930||1930|
|Sunday 24 January||Big Final||TBC||vs||TBC||TBC||1900||1900|