The Big Bash League has turned out to be one of the most exciting T20 tournaments over the world and has given Indian Premier League a run for their money with the level of cricket in the competition. Like some of the IPL franchises, the BBL franchises are also looking at retaining their core group of players which will eventually help them in the long run in building the team.
Brisbane Heats have re-signed six local players who were part of their franchise the previous year for the upcoming BBL season. On October 4, the Heats announced that they had re-signed Joe Burns, Mitchell Swepson. Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Pearson, Mark Steketee and Marnus Labuschagne- all of the local talents who have come through the process of the Queensland Cricket Pathways System.
Former Kiwis spinner and a current coach of the Brisbane Heats, Daniel Vettori was excited with the signings for the franchise who fell agonisingly close to the victory target in the Semi Final last year.
“We feel we are building something special with the current crop of players we have at the Brisbane Heat, and by re-signing Joe, Jimmy, Mitch, Mark, Sam and Marnus it gives our squad stability for the next few Big Bash League seasons,” he said.
“The nature of modern-day T20 cricket means there will constantly be player turnover from season to season, however, if we can continue to keep our locally-based players together, then it will help develop the values and culture we are building at the club.
“It is fantastic we can reward someone like Joe Burns who was a key member of the Heat side that won the competition in BBL|02, while we also continue to invest in young talent like Sam Heazlett and Mitchell Swepson who have been recognised as international players,” he added.
Brisbane Heat Squad: Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan (international), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (international, captain), Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee.