BBL Draft 2022: 3 Top players went unsold; Andre Russel, Faf du Plessis, and others are on the list

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BBL draft 2022

In the first BBL draft, some of the biggest names in cricket were passed over by franchises that valued availability over star power. With the first-ever Big Bash draft pick, Melbourne Renegades selected Liam Livingstone over players from South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and the West Indies Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard. The other platinum-level players who were not chosen were Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies and Jason Roy of England.

When compared to players like David Willey, Joe Clark, and Colin Munro, who would have been available for the entire tournament, While, Russell, Pollard, and du Plessis would have only been available for the first half of the KFC BBL 12 before departing for rival T20 leagues in the UAE and South Africa.

Choosing reliability over star power

As per Cricket Australia ‘Stars such as Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, and Kieron Pollard could not find a home in the BBL with teams choosing reliability over star power.’

The eight teams reserved their picks for cricketers who would be available for the entire summer because it was anticipated that the rejected players would leave the Big Bash before the finals to compete in highly lucrative domestic T20 tournaments in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Here is a look at the overseas players drafted during the BBL 2022/23 Draft:

Melbourne Renegades

Draft picks (spend $700,000)

1. Liam Livingstone (Platinum)

9. Mujeeb ur Rahman (Gold)

25. Akeal Hosein (Bronze)

Melbourne Stars

Draft picks (spend $775,000)

3. Trent Boult (Platinum)

10. Joe Clarke (Gold)

23. Luke Wood (Silver)

Brisbane Heat

Draft picks (spend $700,000)

4. Sam Billings (Platinum)

11. Colin Munro (Gold)

27. Ross Whiteley (Bronze)

Sydney Sixers

Draft picks (spend $700,000)

5. Chris Jordan (Platinum)

13. James Vince (Gold)

28. Izharulhaq Naveed (Bronze)

Adelaide Strikers

Draft picks (spend $775,000)

2. Rashid Khan – RETENTION PICK (Platinum)

14. Colin de Grandhomme (Gold)

20. Adam Hose (Silver)

Perth Scorchers

Draft picks (spend $535,000)

12. Laurie Evans – RETENTION PICK (Gold)

19. Phil Salt (Silver)

30. Tymal Mills (Bronze)

Sydney Thunder

Draft picks (spend $775,000)

7. David Willey (Platinum)

15. Alex Hales (Gold)

18. Rilee Rossouw (Silver)

Hobart Hurricanes

Draft picks (spend $775,000)

8. Shadab Khan (Platinum)

16. Asif Ali (Gold)

17. Faheem Ashraf (Silver)

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