The Big Bash League (BBL), in its current iteration, features eight clubs from various Australian cities playing the format that may have saved the game for those who cannot wait three days to learn the outcome of traditional Test cricket.
Melbourne and Sydney account for four of the eight teams, with reigning champs Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth making up the other four.
The BBL plays a round-robin format followed by knockout finals and since the first tournament debuted in 2011, the Perth Scorchers have been the most successful franchise, taking titles in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
T20 cricket is arguably the fastest growing segment of the code of cricket and plenty of money is wagered over a veritable slew of markets.
Everything is quick about BBL cricket, from the games that take about three hours to play, to the season, which runs from mid-December to mid-February.
Picking the premiers is at worst a one in eight chance, but the futures market for this competition is, for the 2018 – 2019 season at least, almost a coin-flip if there is any such thing as an eight-sided coin. There is a difference of only $4 between the favourite Scorchers ($5, Neds) and the Sydney Thunder ($9). The Renegades and the Stars are tied $7 and Hobart and Sydney Sixers are on $8, so the premiership may need a crystal ball in addition to that eight-sided coin.
Head To Head Betting
Head-to-head betting finds favour in the BBL, as there are plenty of games through the course of the season and cricket punters find the frenetic pace of the season a good way to use multi bets in various combinations.
Most of the other betting conforms closely to the other cricket codes, including markets for highest run scorer for the season and per match. On the other side of the game, there are always a lot of markets for the bowlers for wicket taking.
Punters who want to make astute selections in run scoring and wicket taking markets find data on previous seasons valuable.
The bookies will feature season-long and ongoing promotions, which can offer enhanced value and possibly an edge.
The BBL league has shown steady growth in terms of attendance, an indication of the popularity of Australia’s premier professional short format cricket code. There was a bit of a fall off last season, but not the sort that sets off any alarm bells.
Punters can view the games on free-to-air TV or subscription television and one nice development for spectators was the news that one of the networks will live broadcast, on a subscription basis, every match this season, so punters can follow their BBL bets in real time and easily take part in live betting markets over the average three- hour length of a BBL match.