Big Bash League may see England white-ball limited-overs specialist batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan who are expected to be announced as new recruits to the League over the forthcoming days.
As per a report on dailymail.co.uk, the duo is set to sign for Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes respectively with Jason Roy also being in the radar of Perth Scorchers and Joe Denly understood to be interesting Melbourne Renegades. The report also says that Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone, two participants from 2019-20, are set to feature again.
Big Bash League: Jonny Bairstow And Dawid Malan May Be New Signings
The report further said that inquiries were made for England stars Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler but the Test players will not be available due to the scheduled tours of Sri Lanka and India in early 2021.
Just like the last year, eight teams will be competing in this edition as well, namely Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers.
Big Bash League will witness its 10th edition in 2020-21, with tournament-opener on December 3 and final on February 6th. This edition of BBL T20 will see a full 61-game schedule, with the return of the format of the five-team finals. There will be eliminator, qualifier, knockout and challenger before final.
Big Bash League: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Tom Banton, Steve Smith, Rashid Khan Are Some Prominent Names
Melbourne Renegades will have Aaron Finch who is Australian limited-overs skipper and Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and Australian opener Shaun Marsh. Brisbane Heat will feature explosive batsmen South African AB De Villiers and Australian opener Chris Lynn. Tom Banton, James Neesham and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are also in their squad.
Perth Scorchers will feature pacer Andrew Tye and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh of Australia among others. Sydney Sixers feature batsman Steve Smith and spinner Nathan Lyon while Hobart Hurricanes feature George Baily, James Faulkner and David Miller. Adelaide Strikers feature Australians Cameron White and Peter Siddle besides Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan.
Melbourne Stars feature Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dale Steyn and Adam Zampa. Sydney Thunders features Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Green and Chris Morris.
Out of the eight teams in the tournament, six have won the title at least once. The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team, winning the title three times (including back-to-back wins in 2013–14 and 2014–15).