The West – An expanded Big Bash League will run longer than the Indian Premier League and well beyond its previous popular school holiday slot.
- A mid-February finish will see the eighth season of BBL extend beyond the school holiday timeslot and even go head-to-head with Test cricket, while running 13 days longer than it did last season.
- In all, the vastly expanded BBL season will feature 59 matches – up from 43 last season – across 61 days with the first ball bowled at the Gabba on December 19.
- In comparison, this year’s eight-team Indian Premier League season mirrored the BBL’s slated home and away schedule but lasted just 50 days.
- Last season’s T20 Blast in England featured 18 teams, with each playing 14 round robin games across 57 days in the school holidays.
- This season’s schedule lists the Melbourne Stars to play the Heat on January 27, which is day four of the twilight Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Gabba.