Digital Desk, Melbourne. Pakistan’s top 20-20 cricketers including skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi are set to feature in the inaugural draft of the Big Bash League (BBL) for international players. This information was given by the Daily Telegraph. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, West Indies legend Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and South Africa’s Faf du Plessis are already involved in the season. At the same time, now the best players of Pakistan have been included in BBL.
Reports said that Azam and Rizwan, the two highest-ranked T20 players, are set to grace the league. Team Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday secured the coveted first choice in the BBL’s inaugural overseas player draft after drawing first in a lottery organized by Cricket Australia.
According to a report by sen.com.au, more than 170 players have enrolled for the BBL draft, while Cricket Australia (CA) has made only 28 names public. With Rashid almost certain to return to the Adelaide Strikers after a stellar performance in the Indian Premier League with Gujarat Titans, head coach Jason Gillespie has already indicated that he will do everything possible to retain the Afghanistan leg-spinner, who has played a key role in the club. Played 61 matches for
Pollard is the most experienced T20 cricketer of all time. Pollard, 35, the former West Indies white-ball captain quit international cricket a few months back, while compatriot Bravo retired from international cricket after the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Rashid recently returned to the BBL with eight wickets in six matches at Blast for Sussex and in his quest to become the first overseas bowler to take 100 wickets in the competition. He is currently on 92 wickets.
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