The Big Bash League (BBL) could see New Zealand batting legend Ross Taylor, England’s Test opener Zak Crawley and Pakistan’s opening batters Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq along with leg-spinners Yasir Shah competing in its matches. The players have been announced as the latest signings for the inaugural BBL draft.
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The platinum category of players in the first round of the BBL draft already includes some of the biggest names in modern day cricket such as South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, New Zealand’s Trent Boult, England’s Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan and David Willey, West Indies’ Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan, and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.
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“It should be a fascinating Draft but a very important one in giving teams the best chance of success in this edition of the BBL. With the calibre of players in this year’s international Draft combined with some of the Aussie test players joining the back end of BBL season, it is set to be one of the biggest yet,” said Michael Hussey, former Australia cricketer who will be one of the hosts of the BBL draft.
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The BBL draft includes a total of 28 players that will be eligible for retention by their respective clubs from the previous season. It was also confirmed that with the new players included in the draft, the final list of the player draft stands at 332 nominees from 20 countries.
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BBL Draft rules suggest only the 12 platinum players are eligible to be picked in the first round, while platinum or gold level players can be selected in the second round.