Plan your season – when teams are on byes, who has double rounds, and international disruption

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Author 2019-10-31 04:24:00

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Melbourne Renegades knocked off the Melbourne Stars despite not finishing on top of the table - next season will have a very different finals structureSource:News Corp Australia

It’s a whole new ball game in SuperCoach BBL this season, with an extra round of finals set to make for new challenges.

As always, there are bye rounds to negotiate and, as always, there’s teams playing multiple times per round to use to your scoring advantage.

The season expands this year, with an additional round of finals games.

In addition to the 56 home and away games, there will be five finals, with the decider to be played on Saturday, February 8.

The system will allow for a double-chance for the top two teams, following yet another year where the team that finished as the minor premiers was knocked out in the semi-finals.

On only one occasion has the first placed team at the end of the regular season lifted the trophy, with six out of the eight minor premiers bundled out before the final game of the season.

BBL|09 Finals format:

The Eliminator – Thursday 30 January – 4th vs 5th

The Qualifier – Friday 31 January – 1st vs 2nd

The Knockout – Saturday 1 February – 3rd vs winner of The Eliminator

The Challenger – Thursday 6 February – Loser of the Qualifier vs winner of The Knockout

The Final – Saturday 8 February – Winner of the Qualifier vs the winner of the Challenger

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How the SuperCoach BBL finals system will work for 14 and 6 team leagues in BBL|09Source:FOX SPORTS

Last year, the league structure was based on head-to-head match-ups across the first 13 Rounds, before semi-finals in Rd 14 (with first placed in a league playing fourth, and second playing third), before the final in Round 15 featuring the winner of those two match-ups.

This raft of changes made to the structure of the BBL|09 season means that the SuperCoach BBL|09 season expands to 17 rounds this year.

For standard 14-team leagues, head-to-head competitions kick off immediately in Round 1, with everyone playing each other once up to and including Round 13.

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This year we are going with a three-round finals series. When Round 14 kicks off it’ll be the first versus second to guarantee a place in the final, and third and fourth taking each other on in an elimination final.

From there, the loser of the qualifying final plays the winner of the elimination final in Round 15, before they take on the winner of the qualifier in Round 16 to close out the league season.

This means there is no SuperCoach BBL League Play in Round 17 (the final round of the year), but that will still count towards people’s overall scores in the competition as well as any ‘open groups’ that have been set up.

For the smaller six-team custom leagues, everyone plays each other twice over the first ten rounds, before the 3 round finals series is conducted over the final three round-robin rounds of the season in the same finals format as the 14 team league.

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The Strikers have two byes in the first five rounds, including in the opening round, of the SuperCoach BBL seasonSource:AAP

The big thing you need to know is that, in SC BBL|09, two teams have no byes this year, with only three having multiple bye rounds:

Adelaide Strikers – Rounds 1 and 5

Brisbane Heat – Round 3

Hobart Hurricanes – no bye

Melbourne Renegades – Round 10

Melbourne Stars – Round 6

Perth Scorchers – Rounds 5 and 7

Sydney Sixers – Round 4 and 9

Sydney Thunder – no bye

Essentially, if you pick Hurricanes and Thunder players, you can use them as set-and-forget (injury and international call-up dependent, of course) mainstays of your SuperCoach BBL squad, as they have no byes for the entirely of the BBL|09 season.

By contrast, those thinking of starting with a host of Strikers – such as Rashid Khan, Alex Carey, or Billy Stanlake – might want to think again, as they have two byes in the first handful of rounds, meaning that you’ll be juggling their availability throughout the season.

Similarly, the Perth Scorchers have byes in even closer proximity, with two in the space of three rounds.

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Tom Curran of the Sixers – if available – looms as a likely selection for the early part of the BBL|09 seasonSource:AAP

When it comes to players from teams being eligible to earn double points in Rounds, it’s an absolute bounty of scoring potential this year, with three sides having THREE double rounds:

Adelaide Strikers – Rounds 3, 4, and 12

Brisbane Heat – Rounds 1 and 13

Hobart Hurricanes – Round 12

Melbourne Renegades – Rounds 5 and 13

Melbourne Stars – Rounds 5 and 7

Perth Scorchers – Rounds 3, 6, and 9

Sydney Sixers – Rounds 1, 3, and 10

Sydney Thunder – Round 1

In between their two byes, the Strikers have two bites at the cherry twice, with back-to-back double rounds early in the season. The Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, and Sydney Sixers also have bye rounds in close proximity to one another.

Alongside the Strikers, the latter two also have three double rounds, with the Sixers players undoubtedly set to be very tempting, with two of their double rounds in the first three rounds. Come on down Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Josh Phillipe, and Daniel Hughes – your time to shine is early on in the season.

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Alex Carey might be a bit busy this summer, with a One Day International tour to India conflicting with his commitments for the Adelaide SrtikersSource:AFP

This summer, , with only the final two of the three-match Trans-Tasman Trophy likely to affect Big Bash commitments for those called up to represent their country, with the first Test scheduled in Perth before the commencement of the BBL|09 season.

The traditional in Melbourne and Sydney respectively will likely see the biggest cricketing stars otherwise occupied.

The One Day International squad will then from January 14 to 19, meaning that they will – in all likelihood – be unavailable for the majority of the first month of 2020.

After that, however, the calendar is wide open for the biggest stars of the game to represent their Big Bash clubs for the first time in some time.

Meanwhile, internationally, in early December in a One Day Series, and while the Indians are not permitted by the BCCI to participate in domestic T20 competitions outside of the IPL, it means that the best short-form West Indian players will not be available for the first part of the BBL|09 season, as they then return home to host Ireland in a three-game series.

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Jofra Archer may not be available for the Hobart Hurricanes at all in BBL|09Source:Getty Images

in a four-match Test series throughout the same period as the BBL season, before they play a trio of ODI matches as well and then a further three T20 matches just as the BBL|09 series comes to a conclusion.

What’s more, the is once more scheduled in conflict with the Big Bash League. In 2019-20 it will run from December 6, 2019 to January 11, 2020. Last season, possible BBL|09 players suited up in the competition: Steve Smith played for Comilla Victorians, West Indians Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell for Dhaka Dynamites, Afghani Qais Ahmad for Rajshahi Kings, Englishman Alex Hale for Rangpur Riders, and both David Warner and Sandeep Lamichhane for Sylhet Sixers.

Star-studded: Big Bash squads for 2019-20

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Comilla Victorians were captained by Steven Smith in the Bangladesh Premier League – suffice to say he’ll be a bit busy in 2020Source:AFP

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