The Big Bash League (BBL) have introduced an Overseas Player Draft for the first time on August 28, 2022 — here is all you need to know, including the players available, the date and the format.
The last 11 seasons of the BBL had seen teams ink deals with players and their agents directly. That is all set to change in the 2022/23 edition, as all interested overseas players will have to enter a draft, where they will be assigned salary caps. Franchises will then take turns to pick cricketers in their squad. The contract will be valid for a year, and an overseas player will have to re-enter the draft if they want to play in the BBL in 2023/24. However, teams will have the option of retaining a player.
Format of the draft
The draft will have four rounds, where each franchise can pick a minimum of two players and a maximum of three players. After the second round, the team that picked last in round two will get the first pick from round three. Each team is allowed a maximum of three overseas players in their XI.
When will the BBL 2022 draft be held and where will it be telecast?
The draft for the 12th edition of the BBL will be held on August 28, after Australia’s ODI against Zimbabwe. The draft will be shown live on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
Melbourne Renegades will pick first, followed by Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat. Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes will be the order for the picks.
Who are the platinum players?
The platinum players will be paid approximately USD 233,853 irrespective of how many games they play in the upcoming season. The BBL have assigned ‘Platinum’ status to 12 international players: Faf du Plessis, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, David Willey, Shadab Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Rashid Khan, Chris Jordan, and Trent Boult.
Of the above, Billings (Sydney Thunder), Russell (Melbourne Stars), Shadab (Sydney Sixers), Jordan (Sydney Sixers) and Rashid (Adelaide Strikers) can be retained by the clubs they played for last year. Each team can, however, retain only one player.
The platinum players will be up for selection in the first round of the draft. Each team has a salary cap of USD 1.9m for their squad of 18 players.
Full list of players available for the BBL 2022 draft
Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad, Ijaz Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rehman Akbar, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Usman Ghani, Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Waqarullah Ishaq, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Nangeyalia Kharote, Izharulhaq Naveed, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Waqar Salamkheil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Naveen Ul Haq Murid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ghamai Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai
Al-Amin Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Ripon Mondol
Subash Khakurel, Kairav Sharma
Colin Ackermann, Rehan Ahmed, Kashif Ali, Tom Alsop, Martin Andersson, Gus Atkinson, Josh Baker, Sonny Baker, Jake Ball, Jacob Bethell, James Bracey, Henry Brookes, Patrick Brown, Brydon Carse, Matthew Carter, Jordan Clark, Joe Clarke, Josh Cobb, Ian Cockbain, Jordan Cox, Mason Crane, Matt Critchley, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Brett D’Oliveira, Leus Du Plooy, Stephen Eskinazi, Laurie Evans, Matt Fisher, James Fuller, George Garton, Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain, Alex Hales, Miles Hammond, Tom Hartley, Jack Haynes, Freddie Heldreich, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Max Holden, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Danny Lamb, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leaning, Jake Lintott, Liam Livingstone, Lewis McManus, Ben Mike, Tymal Mills, Daniel Mousley, Steven Mullaney, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Callum Parkinson, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Michael Pepper, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ben Raine, Adam Rossington, George Scrimshaw, John Simpson, Prem Sisodiya, Nathan Sowter, Mitchell Stanley, Cameron Steel, Olly Stone, Callum Taylor, Jack Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Reece Topley, Liam Trevaskis, James Vince, Paul Walter, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, Chris Wood, Luke Wood, Saif Zaib, Tom Abell, Tom Banton, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Luc Benkenstein, Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Solomon Budinger, Tom Curran, Joey Evison, Luke Fletcher, Ben Geddes, Nicholas Gubbins, Haseeb Hameed, Chris Jordan, Tom Lawes, David Lloyd, Adam Lyth, Wayne Madsen, Tom Moores, Daniel Moriarty, Samit Patel, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Darren Stevens, David Willey, Daniel Worrall, Rob Yates
Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delaney, Josh Little, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector
Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mitch McClenaghan, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham
Bas de Leede, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Max O’Dowd, Vikramajit Singh, Timm Van Der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Tobias Visse, Shariz Ahmad
Bilal Khan, Tayyab Abbas, Asif Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Faisal Akram, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Salman Fayyaz, Zafar Gohar, Muhammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris, Dilbar Hussain, Muhammad Imran Jnr, Salman Irshad, Usman Khalid, Azam Khan, Junaid Khan, Maaz Khan, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmad Daniyal Latif, Syed Faridoun Mahmood, Shan Masood, Usama Mir, Muhammad Salman Mirza, Saad Naseem, Usman Qadir, Momin Qamar, Rumman Raees, Mamoon Riaz, Wahab Riaz, Ali Majid Shah, Usman Shinwari, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Zahid, Zeeshan Zameer, Muhammad Zeeshan
Papua New Guinea
Michael Jones, George Munsey, Mark Watt
Shane Dadswell, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Pieter Malan, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir
Dinesh Chandimal, Dushan Hemantha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Maheesh Theekshana
Vriitya Aravind, Alishan Sharafu
Harmeet Singh Baddhan, Unmukt Chand, Andries Gous, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Saurabh Netravalkar, Monank Patel, Smit Patel
Chris Benjamin, Joshua Bishop, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Rivaldo Clarke, Sheldon Cottrell, Amrit Dass, Mark Deyal, Dominic Drakes, Fidel Edwards, Matthew Forde, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Joshua James, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Jeavor Royal, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Tion Webster, Kesrick Williams, Nyeem Young
Ryan Burl, Eddie Byrom, Elton Chigumbura, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Muyeye, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava