Big Bash League introduces 5-team finals series for 2019-20 season

first_imgBig Bash League introduces 5-team finals series for 2019-20 seasonAimed at guaranteeing double chance to the teams finishing first and second in the regular season, Cricket Australia has introduced a 5-team finals series in the upcoming Big Bash League season. The Eliminator, The Qualifier, The Knock-Out, The Challenger and The Final will be played over 2 weekends. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MelbourneJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 11:17 IST In 6 of the 8 BBL seasons, teams finishing first have been knocked out in the semi-finals (@BBL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBBL 2019-20 knockout stages will start on January 30 with finals to be played on February 8The Eliminator, The Qualifier, The Knock-Out, The Challenger and The Final are the 5 finals1st and 2nd placed teams will have more than 1 chance to make the finalCricket Australia has revamped the structure of the Big Bash League (BBL), bringing in a number of changes to it. On Thursday, it introduced a new-look, five-team finals series in the upcoming BBL season to better reward teams that finish in the top two.Played over two weekends, the new five-match finals system guarantees a double-chance for teams that finish first and second in the regular season. The finals will start on January 30, 2020 and run across two weekends, culminating in a Saturday night decider on February 8.The five finals have all been given unique monikers; The Eliminator, The Qualifier, The Knock-Out, The Challenger and The Final.As per the new format, the teams finishing fourth and fifth will play ‘The Eliminator’ on January 30 while the teams finishing first and second will play ‘The Qualifier’ on the next day.On February 1, the Winner of ‘The Eliminator’ will take on the third-placed before the action unfolds on the next weekend. In ‘The Challenger’, the loser of ‘The Qualifier’ will go up against the winner of ‘The Knock-Out’ on February 6 to have a chance to get to ‘The Final’. The Final will be played on February 8 between the winner of ‘The Qualifier’ and the winner of ‘The Challenger'”The number one element is to give the best chance for the teams finishing first and second to make it through,” said Cricket Australia’s Head of the BBL, Alistair Dobson, at the launch of the 2019-20 BBL fixture.”We want to reward the teams finishing first and second as well as we can.advertisement”(We want) more fans to be part of the finals and this model also gives us a chance for the team hosting the final to have more preparation,” he added.In six of the eight previous BBL seasons, the team that has finished top of the table has been knocked out in a cut-throat semi-final and Cricket Australia has moved to make the finals fairer for the teams that dominate the regular season.The tournament will start on December 17 with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder in a home game as the tournament will go on for 42 days this time instead of 54 with 56 games being played.Also Read | England collapse against Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Michael VaughanAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India to have new shirt sponsors: Byju’s to replace OppoAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBL 2019-20Follow BBL scheduleFollow Australia cricketlast_img read more

BBCs highestpaid Sri Lankan born presenter fights cancer again

Alagiah joined the BBC in 1989 and spent many years as one of the corporation’s leading foreign correspondents before moving to presenting the News at Six in 2007. Sri-Lanka-born newsreader George Alagiah, the BBC’s highest-paid star from a minority ethnic background, is to undergo further treatment for cancer after the disease returned, The Guardian reported.The 62-year-old presenter of the BBC News at Six was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, which later spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Alagiah spoke of his determination to fight the disease for a second time. “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that,” he said. He returned to work in November 2015 after being cleared of the disease following extensive treatment. But in a statement Alagiah’s agent, Mary Greenham, said the disease had recurred. She said Alagiah, a father of two, was in discussions with doctors about options for treatment. MRI scans later detected eight tumours in his liver. He had several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver.He has spoken frankly about the chances of the disease recurring. In 2016 he told the Telegraph: “I get anxious and then there is a huge relief when the doctor tells me it is clear again. But I am under no illusions.“The doctor warned me last year: ‘Your cancer knows the road, the pathway out of the gut.’ It can happen again.” “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.”The Sri-Lanka-born presenter first informed his doctors of a problem in 2014. After a colonoscopy, a tumour was discovered on his bowel. Last year the publication of a list of the best-paid on-screen staff at the corporation revealed he was paid between £250,000 and £299,999, putting him 25th in the table and making him the highest earner from a black or minority ethnic background.A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at the BBC sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment and we will be thinking of them.” read more