Big Bash League 2022-23: The Overseas Player Draft
Big Bash League 2022-23

Big Bash League 2022-23: The Overseas Player Draft

Tournament date:
December 13, 2022 -
 February 4, 2023

Big Bash League is one of the premium T20 leagues in the world. The domestic T20 competition runs for two months in Australia. Best T20 players from all over the world participate in the tournament. In the Big Bash League 2022-23 edition, the players will be picked through the draft process. The league has targeted to include more international cricketers in its roster. We can expect a tremendous amount of entertainment and action from the league. Although pundits complained that the league lose its charm as the tournament is long. However, more top-notch international players have escalated the charm and aura of the league.

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Big Bash League 2022-23: The Players

In the past, we have witnessed the trend that Australia prefers to give chances to youngsters instead of packing the sides with top international cricketers. Each playing eleven consisted of only two foreign cricketers. The administrators changed the rule in 2020 with the limit exceeded to 3 from 2. Furthermore, there was no draft or auction for picking the international players on the team. The teams would make negotiations with the players and the agents directly. This time the draft will happen to pick the international cricketers in the sides. With the announcement of the draft in season 12 of Big Bash League 2023-23, big fishes registered their names in the league. The draft of the premium T20 competition is on August 28.

How the draft will work?

Let’s explain the process that the teams will follow while picking the international players on their side. Four rounds will happen in the Overseas Player Draft of the Big Bash League 2022-23. Each team has to pick a minimum of two international players on the side. Furthermore, the teams can opt for picking three international cricketers maximum.

According to the rules book of the draft, the teams can pass the pick in specific rounds. However, at the end of the draft, a team must have picked at least two international cricketers on their side. The league does not restrict the club to play international cricketers in the playing eleven. But it should have international players on its roster.

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BBS in ’14 – Image source: Liani, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On July 20, Melbourne hosted the lotteries event to decide the pick order of the teams for the Big Bash League 2022-23 draft. Melbourne Renegades got lucky and found the first pick in the Overseas Player Draft. Melbourne Stars got the second pick while Brisbane Heat was awarded the third pick. Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers secured the fourth, fifth and sixth pick respectively. Sydney Thunders and Hobart Hurricanes got the last two picks. The lotteries decided the pick order of the first round. In the remaining rounds, the snake format will be used to decide the order. It means that the team which got the last pick in any round will get a first in the next round.

Player Categories

Before registering themselves for the Big League 2022-23 draft, players got a chance to nominate themselves for one of the categories from gold, silver, or bronze. They can also opt for the selection in two categories or all three categories at the same time. The best players from the list are elevated to the platinum list, which is the highest-paid category in the league. In Round One, the teams can pick from the platinum players list. In Round Two, the teams can pick from both Platinum and Gold. Gold and Silver players can be picked in Round Three. In Round Four, which is the final round, teams can decide to pick from Silver and Bronze lists.

Player Retention

Each club can retain one overseas cricketer from the last edition before the Big Bash League 2022-23 draft. Adelaide Strikers is expected to retain Rashid Khan for the twelfth season of the league. If any team wants to retain a cricketer, it can use its retention right and retain that cricketer in the round. No team can retain more than one cricketer in the draft.

Player Salaries in Big Bash League 2022-23

The platinum players of the league will get the humongous amount of A$340,000 for playing in the tournament. The tournament official has not yet revealed the salary cap of the players in the Bronze or Silver categories. However, the huge amount of three figures await the cricketers playing in the Big Bash League.

Draft for Local Players

According to Cricket Australia, there will be no draft for the Australian cricketers. Numerous Australian cricketers have signed the contract for playing multiple editions of the tournament. This has made the situation complicated for Cricket Australia to organize the draft for the local cricket. Furthermore, certain players have affiliations with their sides so there is no point in organizing the draft. For instance, the all-rounder Moises Henriques has only represented Sydney Sixers in the Big League. For 11 years, he did not play for any other team.

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BBL in ’16 – Image source: werdan, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Similarly, Ashton Turner is a trademark player of Perth Scorchers, who has represented the franchise in 100 games. Are you excited about the forthcoming edition of the Big Bah League 2022-23? Do you want to find out which team has the highest number of chances of winning the tournament? If yes, then you could go to the best online cricket sportsbook sites in Australia to know the odds.

Which Players Will Participate in Big Bash League 2022-23?

The best T20 cricketers of the circuit have signed to play in the premium T20 competition. The league released the list of players who will demonstrate their top skillset on the field for their franchise sides following the T20 World Cup 2022, which will also be played in Australia. The former South African cricketer Faf du Plessis has made his name on the top list of cricketers. The legendary T20 cricketer Kieron Pollard is up for grabs in the Platinum round. Furthermore, the inclusion of cricketers like Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy has spiced up the twelfth edition of the Big Bash League 2022-23. The left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who withdrawn his name from the NZC central contract, has also registered his name in the Overseas Player Draft.

List of some premium cricketers who have signed up for the draft:

Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Fakhar Zaman, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Ross Taylor, Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Chandimal, Chris Jordan, Andre Russell, Alex Hales, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Big Bash League 2022-23: The Window

The twelfth edition of the Big Bash League will start on December 13. Sydney Thunders and Melbourne Stars will play the opening match at Canberra. The best two teams will play the final game of the tournament on Feb, 04. Numerous T20 leagues like Big Bash happen all around the world. Do you have an interest in the T20 leagues? Do you want to find out which team has the odds in its favor as far as the best T20 tournament Indian Premier League is concerned? If yes, then you could go to the best online cricket sportsbook news sites in the UK to find out the numbers.

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