BBL 12 Draft: Andre Russell, Trent Boult among Big Bash’s ‘Platinum’ dozen
BBL 12 Draft: For the first round of the draft on Sunday, the Big Bash League in Australia has introduced 12 star players, including 10 who are set to leave the competition before the midway point to participate in other Twenty20 leagues that will run concurrently in January.
Big-hitting Andre Russell is one of the “Platinum” players available in the first round of the overseas draft, along with fellow West Indians Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravot, the league organisers announced on Monday.
One of the top players who recently gave up his core contract with New Zealand Cricket to focus on Twenty20 competitions is Trent Boult, who will allegedly receive A$340,000 ($234,566) each player, regardless of how many games they play.
There are five Englishmen on the list, including Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone, as well as Pakistani Shadab Khan and prominent Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.
The eight-team league, which runs from December 13 to February 4, will compete for viewers. With two brand-new Twenty20 tournaments in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, all of which start in January.
In late December, 10 of these 12 “Platinum” players expected to say goodbye to Big Bash. Since they have joined one of the other two new leagues.
Big Bash, which was fighting to maintain its position in the congested Twenty20 market. It scored a huge victory on Sunday when David Warner announced his first appearance in the league in ten seasons.
Glenn Maxwell, a teammate from Australia, was certain that the eight-team league had received a significant boost.
“We know any time we can get those guys back playing, that makes a better product. And also makes it a better spectacle for everyone,” the all-rounder told reporters.
“It’s someone all the crowd knows and they can get behind. And Davey’s a superstar of the T20 format and someone that everyone loves watching.”
“Hopefully (the draft) will reinvigorate a bit of life into it,” Maxwell added.