After sealing a worthy deal with the former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, Perth scorcher has added five more international players in their squad which also includes few of the resigning. They have re-signed the Australian Test batsman Adam Voges, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, his brother Shaun Marsh who scored a century on his Test return and the pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile who played earlier in IPL for Delhi Daredevils. The fifth signing is the English all-rounder David Willey. They have also signed young all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and pacer Jhye Richardson.
Scorcher has found their 17 men for the tournament which mean that they have just last vacancy to be filled by an international player.
Coach, Justin Langer who played an important role in bringing Johnson to this franchise seemed to be delighted with the signing and said “We’re delighted to have retained the majority of our squad, which helped us make the BBL semi-finals for the fifth consecutive year last season,
“It’s particularly pleasing to have our players committed and secured at this point in time, allowing us excellent preparation for another tilt at the BBL.”
Speaking on that one the prospects for that one last spot he says
“(The Scorchers) would definitely be interested in signing Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel, But that’s one of the toughest things about the BBL, trying to find overseas players because great players like that are playing international cricket so you either have them for none of the time or some of it.
“They’d have to work it out with their governing board.
“We asked David Miller but he’s got a verbal agreement with the other guys. Not sure how it’s going to work out. These things evolve but it’s not as simple as it sounds. Imagine having Dale Steyn here. Who wouldn’t (want him)?”
“Guys like them, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, if they are to play BBL they have to renege on playing for their countries,” Langer said.
“It’s courageous for people to do that. There’s lots of talk and lots of speculation but in reality, not a lot give up international cricket to come and play BBL.
“You’ve seen controversy (around) Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo doing that, but not sure some of those players starting off international careers or still playing international cricket would like to.
“Of course, we’d like to have them.
“Carlos would be brilliant in the BBL, he’s like a giant, he whacks them, he bowls, he’s a gun athlete, he fields but to get him there he’s got to sign off playing for the Windies. I wouldn’t do that.” He concludes.
Scorchers BBL|06 squads: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman, David Willey