Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League 2020/21 betting
What a transformation the shortest form of cricket has gone through in the last decade.
Twenty20 was considered a joke and a ‘hit and giggle’ but has exploded to be the most popular format of the game in a short space of time.
While the T20 World Cup is the pinnacle on the international stage, the domestic competitions of India (Indian Premier League), Australia (Big Bash League) and others from around the world get a lot of attention, with the T20 game one of the most popular with punters in the world.
The BBL draws some of the best and brightest talent from around the world, with eight teams, all based in the major cities in Australia, fighting it out for the crown of the best T20 team in the land.
Let’s take a look at who the title contenders will be, the players to watch and where your money is best invested.
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Players to watch
The talent that has come through the BBL league since its inception has been terrific, but BBL|08 promises to be the best yet.
With a multitude of international talent coming in to complement the local cricketers that Australia already has in its ranks, the shortest form of the game has never looked healthier.
Keep an eye on these T20 stars this season.
D’Arcy Short – His international exploits might have left something to be desired, but Short is a tour de force in the BBL. His opening partnership with Matthew Wade has helped transform the Hobart Hurricanes into a genuine title threat.
Marcus Stoinis – No batsman in the BBL has ever enjoyed the kind of season that Stoinis had in 2019-20, when he topped the scoring charts with a whopping 705 runs. When he doesn’t fire, the Melbourne Stars tend to struggle.
Rashid Khan – Afghanistan’s answer to Shane Warne has opened the world’s eyes to the calibre of talent the Middle East has to offer. The Adelaide Strikers star is as economical as he is dangerous and boasts the best googly in the game.
Haris Rauf – The Stars unearthed a real gem when they brought in Rauf from Tasmanian grade cricket as a backup for Dale Steyn. The Pakistani bolter finished his maiden season with 20 wickets at a stunning strike-rate of 11.3.
BBL title betting odds
The Big Bash League outright betting markets have been wide open in the last few years. Check back closer to the start of the season for the latest odds.
BBL top runscorer betting
Marcus Stoinis smoked the competition with 705 runs in BBL|9 and will start the new campaign among the favourites for the yellow cap. D’Arcy Short has topped the BBL batting charts twice, while veteran sloggers such as Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell can never be counted out.
Top Big Bash League wicket taker
Daniel Sams was leading wicket-taker in BBL|9 with 30 victims – an all-time record for a single Big Bash season. The likes of Sean Abbott, Wes Agar, Tom Curran, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle and Adam Zampa are others to keep an eye on.