BBL Draft Wrap – England’s Liam Livingstone was the first player in the inaugural Big Bash League draft.
The Melbourne Renegades signed the batting all-rounder, one of England’s best during last year’s T20 World Cup and proved his worth with the ball, with respected coach David Saker going all in on the 29-year-old.
“In the middle (he’s destructive) and he also bowls leg spin, so sort of getting two weapons there – and he’s in some serious form,” Saker said.
Asked whether Afghanistan gun spinner Rashid Khan came into the thought process, Saker said they were always “all in” on the all-rounder.
“Yeah we talked about it. We just think he’s going to get matched, so we thought we’d go and get Liam Livingstone,” Saker said.
“We were pretty strong on him to be fair. We’ve got the player we wanted.”
In the $340,000 bracket, only seven of the twelve premium players were selected, leaving $A1.7m of talent untapped. Faf du Plessis, Jason Roy, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo were the other platinum players who were not chosen.
The total amount spent on 24 players was $A5,735,000.
The first round of selections produced some surprises, with Andre Russell being passed over and Khan’s selection at the Melbourne Stars being thwarted by an Adelaide Strikers retention pick.
As he blocked the Stars, Strikers coach Jason Gillespie referenced an infamous line from the film ‘The Castle.’
“I was thinking of Darryl Kerrigan, ‘tell him he’s dreaming’,” Gillespie said.
“Our plan was always to retain Rashid. He’s a wonderful player, wonderful person, he’s been brilliant for our franchise over a number of years and absolutely delighted to have him back.”
With Khan out of the reckoning, the Stars instead chose New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult.
Hussey said he was going for an “out and out bowler” and expected him to swing it at the MCG.
“He generally takes the ball for New Zealand and in the IPL, generally thehite Kookaburra swings at the MCG so hopefully a few early wickets.”
The Brisbane Heat went with the well-known Sam Billings, while the Sydney Sixers went with England bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan. BBL Draft Wrap
Adam Voges of the Perth Scorchers chose to forego a “premium pick” in order to bet big on the final three picks.
“Availability’s a real key consideration for us in this first pick, and we feel there’s some great players still in the draft and look forward to using that in our next one,” Voges said.
Pressed on the decision to look past players like Andre Russell, including former Scorcher David Willey, said it came down to the “skill-set” the Big Bash powerhouse club wanted.
“We’ve got a number of former Scorches in there that we’ve passed on as well, David Willey, another one,” he said. “But we know what type of player we want, the skill-set that we want, we feel like there’s some good options in the gold round for us, and we’re looking forward to that.”
Host Kath Loughnan described the decision to pass as “extraordinary” while Mike Hussey called it a “massive call”.
“The Scorches have a number of good all-rounders already,” Hussey said.
“They’ve got Mitch Marsh in there, there’s Aaron Hardie in there as well. So the David Willey pick made sense, but maybe it doesn’t quite fit what they want, but that’s a massive call to pass on a platinum level player.”
Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting’s Hurricanes opted for Pakistan leg spinner Shadab Khan.
The two-time World Cup-winning captain said he was surprised the bowling all-rounder was not picked first-up, while adding he was surprised Andre Russell was not picked either. BBL Draft Wrap
“We’ve got for Shadab Khan,” Ponting said.
“He’s a high class international leg-spinner, very handy with the bat as well, he’s a gun in the field, so we think we’re bringing in a three dimensional cricketer into our sport BBL Draft Wrap.
“He’s got reasonable availability looking into what he might be available for, might miss a week in the middle and then be available for the finals if we make them, so we’re doing what most other teams are doing and looking to get these international players for as long as we can and he fits exactly what we need.
BBL Draft Wrap – “I wasn’t expecting Shadab and wasn’t expecting Russell, to be honest. It was a big decision for us to make then but we’ve been pretty clear right from the start that if Shadab was there at the end then that was the way we were going to go.”
FULL LIST OF DRAFT PICKS
ROUND 1 (PLATINUM ONLY)
1. Liam Livingstone — Melbourne Renegades
2. Rashid Khan — Adelaide Strikers (retained)
3. Trent Boult — Melbourne Stars
4. Sam Billings — Brisbane Heat
5. Chris Jordan — Sydney Sixers
6. Pass — Perth Scorchers
7. Sydney Thunder — David Willey
8. Hobart Hurricanes — Shadab Khan
Total value: $A2,380,000
BBL Draft Wrap ROUND 2 (PLATINUM + GOLD)
9. Mujeeb Ur Rahman — Melbourne Renegades
10. Joe Clarke — Melbourne Stars
11. Colin Munro — Brisbane Heat
12. Laurie Evans — Perth Scorchers (retained)
13. James Vince — Sydney Sixers
14. Colin de Grandhomme — Adelaide Strikers
15. Alex Hales — Sydney Thunder
16. Asif Ali — Hobart Hurricanes
Total value: $2,080,000
BBL Draft Wrap ROUND 3 (GOLD + SILVER)
17. Faheem Ashraf — Hobart Hurricanes
18. Rilee Rossouw — Sydney Thunder
19. Phil Salt — Perth Scorchers
20. Adam Hose — Adelaide Strikers
21. Pass — Sydney Sixers
22. Pass — Brisbane Heat
23. Luke Wood — Melbourne Stars
24. Pass — Melbourne Renegades
Total value: $875,000
ROUND 4 (SILVER + BRONZE)
25. Akeal Hosein — Melbourne Renegades
26. Pass — Melbourne Stars
27. Ross Whiteley — Brisbane Heat
28. Izharulhaq Naveed — Sydney Sixers
29. Pass —Adelaide Strikers
30. Tymal Mills— Perth Scorchers
31. Pass — Sydney Thunder
32. Pass — Hobart Hurricanes
Total value: $400,000
Overall value: $5,735,000
BBL Draft Wrap PLAYER PAY
Platinum – AU$340,000
Gold – AU$260,000
Silver – AU$175,000
Bronze – AU$100,000
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
BBL Draft Wrap Eligible for retention: Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers), Qais Ahmad (Melbourne Stars), Mujeeb ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat), Zahir Khan (Melbourne Renegades)
Other nominees: Noor Ahmad, Ijaz Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rehman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Usman Ghani, Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Waqarullah Ishaq, Nangeyalia Kharote, Izharulhaq Naveed, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Waqar Salamkheil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Naveen-ul-haq Murid, Ghamai Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, BBL Draft Wrap
Al-amin Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Ripon Mondol
BBL Draft Wrap Eligible for retention: Tom Abell (Brisbane Heat), Sam Billings (Sydney Thunder), Joe Clarke (Melbourne Stars), Ian Cockbain (Adelaide Strikers), Jordan Cox (Hobart Hurricanes), Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers), Laurie Evans (Perth Scorchers), George Garton (Adelaide Strikers), Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder), Chris Jordan (Sydney Sixers), Tom Lammonby (Hobart Hurricanes), Tymal Mills (Perth Scorchers), Reece Topley (Melbourne Renegades), James Vince (Sydney Sixers), Daniel Worrall (Adelaide Strikers), BBL Draft Wrap
Other nominees: Rehan Ahmed, Toby Albert, Kashif Ali, Tom Alsop, Martin Andersson, Gus Atkinson, Josh Baker, Sonny Baker, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Luc Benkenstein, Jacob Bethel, Alex Blake, James Bracey, Henry Brookes, Patrick Brown, Solomon Budinger, Brydon Carse, Matthew Carter, Jordan Clark, Josh Cobb, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Matt Critchley, Steven Croft, Liam Dawson, Alex Davies, Joe Denly, Brett D’Oliveira, Jacobus Leus Du Plooy, Stephen Eskinazi, Joey Evison, Matt Fisher, Luke Fletcher, James Fuller, Ben Geddes, Ben Gibbon, Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Nicholas Gubbins, Sam Hain, Haseed Hameed, Miles Hammond, Tom Hartley, Jack Haynes, Freddie Heldreich, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Max Holden, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Louis Kimber, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Danny Lamb, Tom Lawes, Jack Leaning, Jake Lintott, Liam Livingstone, David Lloyd, Adam Lyth, Wayne Madsen, Conor McKerr, Lewis McManus, Ben Mike, Tom Moores, Daniel Moriarty, Daniel Mousley, Steven Mullaney, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Samit Patel, Callum Parkinson, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Michael Pepper, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Matthew Quinn, Ben Raine, Adam Rossington, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, George Scrimshaw, John Simpson, Prem Sisodiya, Will Smeed, Nathan Sowter, Mitchell Stanley, Cameron Steel, Darren Stevens, Olly Stone, Callum Taylor, Jack Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Liam Trevaskis, Paul Walter, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, David Willey, Chris Wood, Luke Wood, Rob Yates, Saif Zaib, okbet sports betting.
Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector
Eligible for retention: Sandeep Lamichhane (Hobart Hurricanes)
Other nominees: Subash Khakurel
Colin Ackermann, Shariz Ahmad, Bas De Leede, Brandon Glover, Fred Klassen, Maxwell O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Timm Van Der Gugten, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren, Tobias Visee
Eligible for retention: Colin Munro (Perth Scorchers)
Other nominees: Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, James Neesham, Ross Taylor
Eligible for retention: Shadab Khan (Sydney Sixers), Ahmad Daniyal Latif (Melbourne Stars), Syed Faridoun Mahmood (Melbourne Stars), Mohammad Hasnain (Pakistan), Fakhar Zaman (Brisbane Heat) BBL Draft Wrap
BBL Draft Wrap Other nominees: Tayyab Abbas, Abbas Afridi, Asif Afridi, Abrar Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Faisal Akram, Qasim Akram, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Adil Amin, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Umaid Asif, Amad Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani, Salman Fayyaz, Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Haris, Dilbar Hussain, Mohammad Ilyas, Ali Imran, Muhammad Imran Jnr, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Irfan, Muhammad Irfan Junior, Salman Irshad, Akif Javed, Usman Khalid, Azam Khan, Imran Khan, Junaid Khan, Maaz Khan, Musa Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Khan, Zaman Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Usama Mir, Muhammad Salman Mirza, Mehran Mumtaz, Saad Naseem, Usman Qadir, Momin Qamar, Rumman Raees, Mamoon ur Riaz, Wahab Riaz, Abdullah Shafique, Ali Majid Shah, Khushdil Shah, Yasir Shah, Saud Shakeel, Usman Shinwari, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Imam-ul-Haq, Khalid Usman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Amir Yamin, Muhammad Zahid, Zeeshan Zameer, Muhammad Zeeshan, BBL Draft Wrap
Papua New Guinea
Michael Jones, Michael Leask, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt
Chris Benjamin, Shane Dadswell, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Pieter Malan, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir
Dinesh Chandimal, Nisala Gamage, Dushan Hemantha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan
BBL Draft Wrap United Arab Emirates
Vriitya Aravind, Rahul Bhatia, Aryan Lakra, Alishan Sharafu
Eligible for retention: Unmukt Chand (Melbourne Renegades)
Other nominees: Harmeet Singh Baddhan, Karima Gore, Andries Gous, Nosthush Kenjige, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Saurabh Netravalkar, Monank Patel, Smit Patel
BBL Draft Wrap Eligible for retention: Andre Russell (Melbourne Stars)
Other nominees: 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, Kieron Pollard, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Jeavor Royal, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Tion Webster, Kesrick Williams, Nyeem Young, BBL Draft Wrap
Ryan Burl, Eddie Byrom, Elton Chigumbura, Christopher Mpofu, Blessing Muzarabani, Tawanda Muyeye, Richard Ngarava