Back to the Fixture
Well it wouldn’t be 2020 without a complete fixture overhaul because of COVID.
Yesterday morning, CA and the BBL relaunched a brand new fixture for the upcoming season, which means we can throw the old fixture and the JR SC fixture planner in the recycling bin.
So what does the new fixture look like?
The full schedule is available here, but here are the key changes:
- The fixture now starts a week later on December 10th with the Hobart Hurricanes hosting the Sydney Sixers in Hobart.
- This immediately means that Aussies that were selected in the T20/ODI series are now available for Round 1.
- The first two weeks for the BBL fixture will see teams take up residency in Tasmania and ACT “hubs” with 12 games set for Hobart, Launceston and Canberra.
- Then from December 23rd the BBL will move to QLD, SA and ACT “hubs” 9 with games set for Gold Coast, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
- From January 1st, the fixture has been set, but the locations of the matches have yet to be determined. It is hopeful however that matches will take place in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
But what does this mean for SuperCoach BBL?
Well, the changes to the fixture mean that there is now a whole new SC fixture. The number of rounds will remain the same, but the structure within them has definitely changed.
The main changes are:
- Both the amount of double game weeks and bye rounds have changed, reducing from 18 DGWs and 10 byes, to just 10 DGWs and 2 byes.
- After Round 3, NO team has a bye, a significant change from the old fixture, and something that will help a lot of SuperCoachers.
- There are 4 rounds (Round 2, 6, 8 and 10) which will see two teams with double game weeks.
Stars kick the season of with a double game week in Round 1, with means players like Marcus Stoinis (BAT/BWL, $185,700), Glenn Maxwell (BAT/BWL, $185,000), Adam Zampa (BWL, $185,000) and Nathan Coulter-Nile ($138,600) will be very popular and should definitely be considered for your final side.
After that in Round 2, Hurricanes have a double game week, but Strikers have back-to-back double game weeks! Which means players like Rashid Khan (BAT/BWL, $192,300), Peter Siddle (BWL, $163,600) and Michael Neser (BAT/BWL, $142,000) who has registered both a century and a 5 wicket haul in the Sheffield Shield should definitely be ready to be traded in after Round 1.
Alternatively….you could look to squeeze a cheap Striker like Matthew Short (BAT, $65,300) on the bench in Round 1, giving you a loophole candidate for Round 1 and then an advantage in Round 2 with an extra DGW player.
Planning for SuperCoach is now about to hit full stride, and to help you plan your team, I have re-done the JR BBL SC Fixture Planner with the new fixture!
This is a very valuable resource that shows which teams have the bye and double game weeks, and there is also a more detailed version (see ‘Detailed’ tab within the spreadsheet linked below) which also highlights home and away matches as well as international matches that will impact certain availability of players.
You can view the full size planner here.
Tell us: With a new fixture, what do you think your initial side will now look like? Which team will dominate and which team will you be steering clear of with your early selections?