In an exciting development for cricket fans, the Big Bash League (BBL) has announced that a staggering 376 foreign players have registered for the upcoming edition of the league. Scheduled to kick off on December 7, the tournament is already generating buzz, thanks to this influx of international talent. Notably, the increased player payment pool has played a pivotal role in boosting player registrations.
List of Pakistani Players
What makes this announcement even more intriguing is the inclusion of several Pakistan cricketers among the registrants. The likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Fakhar Zaman are among the notable Pakistani players who have thrown their hats into the ring. This signifies a strong representation from the Pakistan cricketing fraternity and adds to the anticipation surrounding the league.
Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf’s availability for retention adds an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. Shadab’s previous association with Hobart Hurricanes and Haris Rauf’s four-season stint with Melbourne Stars make them key contenders to watch out for in the upcoming edition.
Rashid Khan’s presence on the list has also raised eyebrows. Earlier, the Afghan leg-spinner had indicated his intention to boycott the BBL due to political reasons. However, his registration marks a change in stance after Cricket Australia’s decision to not play a white-ball series against Afghanistan.
Alistair Dobson, the General Manager of the Big Bash League, highlighted the league’s commitment to elevating its standards. With a higher player payment pool, the league aims to provide top international players with increased earnings, thereby solidifying its reputation as a premier cricketing competition.
The list of registered overseas players includes cricketing talents from various nations. English players such as Harry Brook, Tymal Mills, and Alex Hales, along with South African stars like Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and Rassie van der Dussen, are among the many names that promise to bring their skills and excitement to the BBL arena.
With such a diverse array of talent registering for the league, the BBL 2023 edition is set to be a captivating and fiercely competitive cricketing extravaganza.