The Big Bash League (BBL) has adopted a new draft procedure for overseas players ahead of the tournament’s 12th season. Many people were surprised that certain fringe T20 stars, including Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, and Kieron Pollard, did not find suitors among the eight franchises.
The Melbourne Renegades selected England’s Liam Livingstone first overall in the first draught. Each of the eight KFC BBL clubs chose three internationals from a pool of 332 players from 20 countries.
The Stars, Thunder, and Hurricanes spent the most money on players, while the Scorchers, who sensationally passed in the first round, spent the least. Only 12 platinum ($340,000) players were chosen in round one, platinum and gold ($260,000) players in round two, gold and silver ($175,000) players in round three, and silver and bronze ($100,000) players in round four.
BBL Draft signings
Melbourne Renegades: Liam Livingstone (1), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (9), Akeal Hosein (25).
Melbourne Stars: Trent Boult (3), Joe Clarke (10), Luke Wood (23).
Brisbane Heat: Sam Billings (4), Colin Munro (11), Ross Whiteley (27).
Sydney Sixers: Chris Jordan (5), James Vince (13), Izharulhaq Naveed (28).
Adelaide Strikers: Rashid Khan (2), Colin de Grandhomme (14), Adam Hose (19).
Perth Scorchers: Laurie Evans (12), Phil Salt (18), Tymal Mills (30).
Sydney Thunder: David Willey (7), Alex Hales (15), Rilee Rossouw (18).
Hobart Hurricanes: Shadab Khan (8), Asif Ali (16), Faheem Ashraf (17).
3 Pakistani players roped in by the Hobart Hurricanes
Three Pakistan players were selected in the draft, all for the Hobart Hurricanes. Shadab Khan, who was in the top bracket, was the first pick in the draught for the Matthew Wade-led team. The leg-spinner has previously played for the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers.