The 12th season of the Big Bash League, will commence on December 13, 2022 and to February 4, 2023. World’s second most popular franchise cricket league after IPL, BBL conducted its first ever overseas players draft to induct overseas players in the teams. Setting the mood right for the Australian summers, Australia’s most entertaining tournament, BBL, will span over two months. And will include a number of overseas players this year. In the draft the clubs smartly made investments in players who would be available practically for the whole tournament.
According to CA, big stars like Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, and Kieron Pollard were not picked by any of the eight sides. Out of a total of 332 players representing 20 different nations, the eight KFC BBL clubs selected three international players each. While Perth Scorchers, who astonishingly passed in the first round, spent the least on players. The Stars, Thunder, and Hurricanes spent the most.
Trent Boult to make his BBL debut this year
Among the international cricketers, Liam Livingstone was the first player to be chosen. He was picked by the Melbourne Renegades. The English all-rounder’s six-hitting skills and ability to bowl impactful middle-order overs had made him a popular choice.
After downgrading his contract with New Zealand Cricket, number one ODI bowler Trent Boult joined the Melbourne Stars. The Kiwi bowler will make his debut in the BBL this year. Sam Billings (Brisbane Heat), Chris Jordan (Sydney Sixers), David Willey (Sydney Thunder), and Shadab Khan were some significant players that found takers.
In round one, just the 12 platinum ($340,000) players were chosen. Followed by gold ($260,000), silver ($175,000), and bronze ($100,000) in rounds two through four.