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Rashid Khan, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo set to be part of BBL Draft

Adelaide Strikers are likely to keep a hold of Rashid Khan with their solitary retention pick
Adelaide Strikers are likely to keep a hold of Rashid Khan with their solitary retention pick
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T20 specialists Rashid Khan, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo are a few of the big names set to be part of the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) draft.

The new system will witness four rounds where franchises can pick players who will be divided into four categories on the basis of their salary bands.

Earlier, BBL franchises were able to negotiate with a particular overseas player and their agent independently. The introduction of the draft brings all clubs to the table simultaneously to pick players in turn.

One among the Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars are likely to have the first pick in the draft after missing out on the knockouts last year.

The nominations are flooding in - and the first eligible retention picks have entered the game πŸ‘€ #BBL12Draft https://t.co/yTdur47CQW

Franchises are also eligible for sole retention across any round provided that the player in question represented the team in the previous edition.

Among all the overseas players in the draft, the biggest attraction is arguably Rashid Khan. The 23-year-old leg-spinner has represented the Adelaide Strikers over the past five seasons, claiming 92 wickets in 61 appearances.

Prior to entering the draft, players will have to state their availability. With Afghanistan set to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series in January, Rashid Khan's participation for the entire tournament is a major doubt.

Rashid is IN 🀩The Afghan superstar with 61 matches and 92 wickets for the @StrikersBBL is now eligible to be selected in the #BBL12Draft πŸ‡¦πŸ‡« https://t.co/jHyBdD3TME

The list is currently dominated by a host of Caribbean players, highlighted by the inclusion of T20 veterans Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. Both all-rounders have plied their trade in the BBL before.

Bravo, the leading wicket taker in the history of T20 cricket has played for the Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. Pollard, on the other hand, has represented the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.


BBL current draft nominations

Afghanistan

Rashid Khan, Qais Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Waqarullah Ishaq, Izharulhaq Naveed, Naveen Ul Haq Murid, Hazratullah Zazai.


New Zealand

Colin Munro, Todd Astle.


South Africa

Faf du Plessis, Marchant de Lange, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese (also Namibia).


West Indies

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Tion Webster, Nyeem Young.


Edited by Anantaajith Ra
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