Kevin Pietersen
File photo of Kevin Pietersen in BBLPaul Kane/Getty Images

The seventh season of Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) will start on Tuesday, December 19, with the Sydney derby -- Thunder vs Sixers -- at the Spotless Stadium.

A total of 43 matches will be played and the final is scheduled for Sunday, February 4. (For live streaming and TV channel info, scroll down)

Three-time champions and holders Perth Scorchers at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) against Sixers on Saturday, December 23.

Most of the Australian national team players, including captain Steve Smith and David Warner, are unlikely to take part in the tournament because on the ongoing Ashes and the subsequent five-match ODI series, starting January 14.

Melbourne Stars' Kevin Pietersen, who has hinted BBL 7 might be his last international outing, is set to grab the limelight in the coming weeks.

Afghanistan spin prodigy Rashid Khan, who is among the most lethal T20 bowlers, will also make his BBL debut for Adelaide Strikers. Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan will also be in the action as he was signed by Brisbane Heat.

Rashid Khan
Leg-spinner Rashid will be one of the biggest attractions in BBL 07PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

The likes of Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mitchell Johnson and Moises Henriques will be looking to shine Down Under as it gives them a chance to impress Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises ahead of the big auction slated for early 2018.

Here's a look at the complete squads' list for 2017/18 season.

Adelaide Strikers

Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jonathon Dean, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald , Colin Ingram, Travis Head, Kelvin Smith, Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan

Brisbane Heat

Brendon McCullum (c), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Shadab Khan, Mark Steketee, Max Bryant, Brendan Doggett, Cameron Gannon, Matt Renshaw, Cameron Valente

Hobart Hurricanes

George Bailey (c), Cameron Boyce, James Bazley, Tom Curran, Daniel Christian, Hamish Kingston, Clive Rose, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird, Ben McDermott, Thomas Rogers, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, D'Arcy Short, Tymal Mills, Beau Webster

Melbourne Renegades

Aaron Finch (c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Trent Lawford, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Thisara Perera, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Nick Winter

Melbourne Stars

John Hastings (c), Ben Dunk, Jackson Coleman, Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa

Perth Scorchers

Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman, David Willey

Sydney Sixers

Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Harry Conway, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Colin Munro, Steve O'Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, William Somerville, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton

Sydney Thunder

Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Usman Khawaja, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson, Alister McDermott, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Ryan Gibson, Eoin Morgan, Kerrod White, Mitchell McClenaghan, Callum Ferguson, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton

TV Schedule and Live streaming

  • India: TV: Sony Six; Live streaming: Sony Liv
  • Australia: Network Ten, Fox Sports
  • US: Willow TV
  • UK: BT Sport
  • South Africa: Supersport

Complete Schedule

Date Match Venue Time (IST)
Tuesday, December 19 Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Sydney Showground Stadium 2:15pm
Wednesday, December 20 Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Gabba 2:10pm
Thursday, December 21 Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Bellerive Oval, Hobart 2:10pm
Friday, December 22 Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Adelaide Oval 2:10pm
Saturday, December 23 Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers SCG 10:40am
Saturday, December 23 Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Etihad Stadium 1:55pm
Tuesday, December 26 Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars WACA 1:40pm
Wednesday, December 27 Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder Gabba 1:40pm
Thursday, December 28 Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers SCG 1:40pm
Friday, December 29 Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers Etihad Stadium 1:40pm
Saturday, December 30 Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder Aurora Stadium 1:40pm
Sunday, December 31 Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat Adelaide Oval 1:40pm
Monday, January 1 Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Sydney Showground Stadium 12:40pm
Monday, January 1 Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers WACA 3:55pm
Tuesday, January 2 Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat MCG 1:40pm
Wednesday, January 3 Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Simonds Stadium, Geelong 1:40pm
Thursday, January 4 Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers Bellerive Oval, Hobart 1:40pm
Friday, January 5 Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Gabba 1:40pm
Saturday, January 6 Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades MCG 1:40pm
Sunday, January 7 Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Sydney Showground Stadium 1:40pm
Monday, January 8 Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Bellerive Oval, Hobart 12:40pm
Monday, January 8 Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades WACA 3:50pm
Tuesday, January 9 Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars Adelaide Oval 2:10pm
Wednesday, January 10 Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes Gabba 2:10pm
Thursday, January 11 Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers Sydney Showground Stadium 2:10pm
Friday, January 12 Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars Etihad Stadium 2:10pm
Saturday, January 13 Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers Traeger Park, Alice Springs 10:40pm
Saturday, January 13 Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder SCG 1:50pm
Monday, January 15 Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Bellerive Oval, Hobart 2:10pm
Tuesday, January 16 Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers MCG 2:10pm
Wednesday, January 17 Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes Adelaide Oval 2:10pm
Thursday, January 18 Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat SCG 2:10pm
Saturday, January 20 Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder MCG 12:40pm
Saturday, January 20 Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes WACA 3:50pm
Monday, January 22 Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Etihad Stadium 2:10pm
Tuesday, January 23 Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars SCG 2:10pm
Wednesday, January 24 Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Manuka Oval, Canberra 2:10pm
Thursday, January 25 Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers WACA 2:10pm
Saturday, January 27 Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes MCG 10:40pm
Saturday, January 27 Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Gabba 1:50pm
Thursday, February 1 Semi-final 1 TBC TBC
Friday, February 2 Semi-final 2 TBC TBC
Sunday, February 4 Final TBC TBC