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BBL 2022 Player Draft Dates, Rules (PIC: CA Media)
BBL 2022 Player Draft Dates, Rules (PIC: CA Media)

Cricket Australia Set To Introduce A Draft For International Players To Enter The Big Bash League (BBL)

Cricket Australia (CA) is set to introduce a draft for international players to enter the Big Bash League (BBL) to give the league a chance in a crowded international T20 league market. The plans have twice been affected by the Covid-19 induced pandemic. However, with more certainty around the 2022-23 season in terms of COVID-19 issues, it is hoped that the player draft will revitalize the BBL’s chase for international stars.

The BBL has hosted a mix of international star cricketers such as Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Alex Hales in recent seasons. But the draft system is set to pave the way for more international names to perform Down Under while also proposing a more commercially viable solution for CA.

Currently, discussions between local teams and overseas clubs are done privately, with negotiations not centralized by the league. It essentially means interest from star players is only generated if a deal is struck.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia Set To Introduce A Draft For International Players To Enter The Big Bash League (BBL)

With the new model, it is hoped international players will nominate themselves while clubs will bid for them in a similar fashion to the Indian Premier League auction (IPL). There will also be a television event, promoting the depth of talented cricketers interested in plying their trade in the Australian domestic competition.

The concept would provide extra money to attract overseas players, with the expectation that the draft funds will sit outside each club’s salary cap. It was reported this week that the Big Bash League-BBL will unveil a three-tier system, whereby players are ranked as platinum, gold, silver, or bronze.

Rashid Khan in Big Bash League Image Source: Twitter
Rashid Khan in Big Bash League Image Source: Twitter

In order to combat player availability issues, platinum players will be paid as much as $340,000, while gold players will earn $260,000, besides silver $175,000, and bronze $100,000. Previously, international players had been turned off from playing in the BBL with smaller remuneration – in relative terms – the main deterrence. However, some stakeholders remain reticent about the concept.

Established international names such as renowned Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) have long associations with BBL franchises, with players and franchises alike in these cases wanting concessions to allow players to return to their club of choice. It’s understood that the option to retain up to two players before the draft will be considered.

Big Bash League Is At An Important Crossroads With New Domestic Leagues Introduced Often

The BBL is now at an important crossroads, with new domestic leagues popping up every now and then, an ongoing player unavailability issue, and a new TV deal in the works. A solution to all its pitfalls is seemingly to attract a suite of high-profile players, both financially viable and achievable by implementing the international player draft.

There are also complexities over how a club would handle an injury or suddenly-unavailable international players. It’s an innovation that is expected to inject some goodwill into the league in a watered-down approach that could circumnavigate more drastic measures such as privatizing the tournament.

BBL, Big Bash League
BBL, Big Bash League. Image: Twitter

Big Bash League boss Alistair Dobson labeled the 2022-23 season as one of the most important. The international player draft could be a major barometer of how the competition fares this summer.

Cricket Australia has injected some much-needed life into the T20 Big Bash League, introducing an overseas player draft similar to the Indian Premier League to attract elite superstars at ‘globally competitive rates’. BBL clubs will be able to recruit up to three primary overseas players, with nominations formally opening on Wednesday.

Each Club’s BBL squad will comprise 18 players, including two or three overseas players from the Draft, and the remainder being domestic players. After the Draft, Clubs will be able to contract up to 5 replacement overseas players. A player must have been nominated for the Draft to be an eligible replacement overseas player unless approved by the League.

Shaheen Shah Afridi. Photo: AFP/file
Shaheen Shah Afridi. Photo: AFP/file

Shaheen Shah Afridi Becomes Youngest Skipper To Win A Major T20 League As Lahore Qalandars Wins PSL 2022

Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistan pace sensation on Sunday beat Australia’s Steve Smith and India captain Rohit Sharma to script a huge world record in T20 cricket after he led Lahore Qalandars to their maiden Pakistan Super League (PSL) title win against Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium.

With the title win, 21-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi became the youngest captain to win a major T20 league in the world, beating Steve Smith, who at the age of 22 had led Sydney Sixers to a win in the Big Bash League in 2012, and Rohit Sharma, who had guided Mumbai Indians to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) victory in 2013 at the age of 26.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (left), Steve Smith (right-top), Rohit Sharma
Shaheen Shah Afridi (left), Steve Smith (right-top), Rohit Sharma

Shaheen Shah Afridi’s Lahore Qalandars Wins Maiden Pakistan Super League Title

Lahore Qalandars had failed to qualify for the playoffs in five of their first six seasons and finished as the runners-up in 2020 before winning the elusive trophy in 2022.

Opting to bat first in front of their home crowd, Lahore Qalandars lost three wickets in the powerplay before Mohammed Hafeez’s 46-ball 69 revived the innings allowing Harry Brook and David Wiese to add the finishing touches. Harry Brook laced two boundaries and three sixes in his 22-ball 41 while David Wiese hit another 8-ball 28 as Lahore Qalandars finished with 180 for five in 20 overs.

Mohammed Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammed Hafeez Image courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

In reply, the Multan Sultans, who had finished top of the points table in the league stage with just one defeat, had gotten off to a steady start but the middle-order crumbled under pressure. Pacer Zaman Khan struck twice to rattle the middle order before Shaheen Shah Afridi’s triple blow to the lower order ended Multan Sultans’ struggle, folding them for 138 runs in 19.3 overs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi Said It Was A Great Achievement To Win Maiden PSL Title

Shaheen Shah Afridi produced a terrific performance with the ball for the Lahore Qalandars outfit in the final. The left-arm seamer scalped 3 wickets in the 4 overs that he bowled and leaked only 30 runs as well.

“It’s a great achievement. We have been waiting for 6 years and I want to thank the Lahore crowd. They have come out in numbers and supported us throughout. A lot of people supported me, Hafeez guided me during a lot of pressure moments so thanks to all who supported me. The fight we showed as a team throughout the tournament is really fantastic and we had that attitude to fight till the last ball,” Shaheen Shah Afridi said in the post-match presentation.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Hafeez won the Player of the Match award in the final for his contribution with both bat and ball. On the other hand, Mohammed Rizwan won the Player of the Series award for smashing 546 runs in the competition at an average of close to 70.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and his men blew away defending champions Multan Sultans by 43 runs. In pursuit of 181 – thanks to a glorious 69 by Mohammed Hafeez and another unbeaten 28 off 8 by David Wiese, his exact batting contribution in the Eliminator against Islamabad United – the Multan Sultans never quite got going. They would collapse in on themselves in what was their worst showing of the tournament, skittled for 138.

Lahore Qalandars 180 for 5 (Hafeez 69, Brook 41*, Afridi 3-19) beat Multan Sultans 138 (Khushdil 32, Shaheen 3-30, Hafeez 2-23) by 43 runs

Alex Hales Image Source: Twitter
Alex Hales Image Source: Twitter

Alex Hales To Rejoin Islamabad United For The Remainder Of PSL 2022

Alex Hales, an England batsman is returning to Pakistan and will rejoin Islamabad United for the remaining matches of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven.

The 33-year-old returned to England last week and pulled out of the tournament due to bubble fatigue but now the franchise has confirmed that he will now be available for selection in the remaining games.

Alex Hales to rejoin Islamabad United for remaining HBL PSL 7 matches
Alex Hales to rejoin Islamabad United for remaining HBL PSL 7 matches PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Alex Hales’ Inclusion Will Provide A Boost For Islamabad United

Alex Hales will not undergo three-day isolation after arriving in Lahore as he had tested positive at the end of the Big Bash League (BBL) and doesn’t need to quarantine himself.

Islamabad United has been marred with injuries and Alex Hales’ inclusion in the side will provide a boost in the all-important Eliminator 1 against Peshawar Zalmi tomorrow. He had left the PSL just over a week ago, citing bubble fatigue as the main reason for his withdrawal.

Alex Hales
Alex Hales. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alex Hales smashed an unbeaten 82 as United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by nine wickets in their first game at the National Stadium in Karachi. He made 62 off 38 balls against Quetta Gladiators, smashing four boundaries and four sixes at the strike rate of 163.15.

Islamabad United is due to take on Peshawar Zalmi in the first eliminator at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday, a game Alex Hales is now expected to be available for. His return will be a massive boost to the two-time champions, who have been hit especially hard by injuries and absences this season.

So far Alex Hales has managed to score 1644 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 136.65. Alex Hales was axed from England’s (eventual winners) 50-over World Cup squad in 2019 for failing a second test for use of recreational drugs. He continues to hold the record for the highest T20I score by an England player – 116 not out against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20.

The 31-year-old Alex Hales made his international debut in August 2011 in T20I cricket. He has played 11 Tests, 70 ODIs, and 60 T20Is for England. He was not picked by any of the franchises during the first round of IPL 2022. Nevertheless, he eventually got backed by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and they sealed an amazing deal. The franchise bought Alex Hales for 1.5 Crore.

Shadab Khan Not Confirmed To Play Against Peshawar Zalmi In First Eliminator

Meanwhile, it is unconfirmed whether Shadab Khan will play the match tomorrow while the franchise has also not revealed the injury status of Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Colin Munro. Alex Hales was in sublime form for United and is also their leading run-scorer in the competition. In seven innings, he has scored 255 at an average of 42.50.

Shadab Khan (File Photo)
Shadab Khan (File Photo)

Islamabad United will also miss the services of Ireland batter Paul Stirling and Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz as both of them have departed from Pakistan for national duties for their respective teams.

Tim David. (Photo: Twitter)
Tim David. (Photo: Twitter)

Tim David Effusive In His Praise For Effortless Rohit Sharma, His Mumbai Indians Skipper

Tim David was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the last IPL 2021 edition before being picked by Mumbai Indians at IPL 2022 auctions for a hefty sum. He was picked as a replacement player by the Bangalore outfit ahead of the second leg but Tim David played just one game last year, where he scored only 1 run.

Australian batsman Tim David, who plays for Singapore, has so far scored 558 runs in 14 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42 averaging 46.5. He also has 1938 runs to his name in 88 T20 matches at 159.37 including 9 half-centuries averaging 34.

Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)

Tim David: Rohit Sharma Looks So Effortless And Admirable When He Bats

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians remained relatively quiet in the recent mega auction. But the franchise did shell out big money on names like Ishan Kishan ( 15.25 crore) and Jofra Archer ( 8 crore). Another big purchase was Tim David, who was picked up for a hefty sum of 8.25 crore.

Mumbai Indians’ (MI) exciting prospect Tim David has revealed that he cannot wait to team up with West Indian big-hitting all-rounder, Kieron Pollard. He also praised skipper, Rohit Sharma, and expressed his desire to learn from the best in the business.

Tim David, the big-hitting recruit who was previously a part of Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, feels excited to share the dressing room with the likes of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard. Tim David heaped praise on Rohit Sharma’s “effortless” batting style and bracketed the MI skipper in the set of “world-class” players.

“Rohit Sharma is a world-class player. He just looks so effortless when he bats, it’s very admirable. It is a huge bonus to be able to spend time with class players and try to pick their brains a little bit,” the official website of Mumbai Indians quoted David as saying.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit Sharma winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit Sharma winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

The 25-year-old David also expressed his excitement to opener as a finisher with Pollard. “It is an exciting idea to bat with him. Polly is someone I have admired for his power-hitting and have looked at some of his innings to see how I can do that myself. If we could get going in the middle and death overs, we could take a few games away.”

Tim David has plied his trade for many T20 leagues across the globe. He has played for Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, Southern Brave in The Hundred and Saint Lucia Kings in the Caribbean Premier League.

Tim David Looking Forward To Face Jasprit Bumrah At the Nets

The Singaporean-Australian also said that he’s looking forward to facing Jasprit Bumrah in the nets and testing himself against the pace spearhead.

“One bowler I am looking forward to facing the most in the nets is Bumrah. I know it sounds strange because he is one of the best in the world but I believe it will be great to test myself against him. I am sure it is going to be hard work,” David further said.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene also revealed that Tim David was on the team’s radar ahead of the mega auction.

“He was on our radar for a while. he has been playing well for the last few months. We knew Jofra would come late so we couldn’t go hard in the beginning but needed someone to strengthen our batting so we decided to play a different game altogether. David was part of that plan. We had the purse to go get them both.”

The first Singaporean to play in the lucrative T20 league, Tim David’s addition to the mix bolsters the Mumbai Indians’ batting unit, which was in need of a finisher after the departure of flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya. IPL 2022 is expected to begin on March 27 and could well end on May 28 due to the addition of two new teams.

Alex Carey--Getty Images
Alex Carey--Getty Images

Alex Carey Has No Expectations Given To The Spin-Friendly Conditions In Pakistan

Alex Carey agreed that the pitch will favour spinners in the upcoming tour of Pakistan but pointed out the visitors should also be ready to face pace and bounce too. Australia will tour Pakistan for three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I for the first time since 1998. The first Test will be played in Rawalpindi from March 4.

Alex Carey was hastily called up to the Australian Test side ahead of the Ashes 2021/22 after then-skipper and wicketkeeper-batter Tim Paine took a break from all forms of cricket in the wake of a sexting scandal involving a former Cricket Tasmania staffer.

Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

Alex Carey Has No Expectations On Pitch Conditions In Pakistan Tour

Australian wicket-keeper batter Alex Carey revealed that the team has a lot of time left to assess things and prepare ahead of their Pakistan tour. Talking about preparations ahead of the tour, Alex Carey asserted that spin-friendly conditions are something they will have to adjust to.

“Preparing for the most difficult scenario from our perspective would mean preparing for spin-friendly conditions,” Alex Carey said.

“If you prepare for that, but then come up against something different – if they’re quick-friendly pitches that are a bit harder and bouncy – then we’ve all experienced more of those conditions here in Australia than the spinner-friendly ones,” he added.

The Australia wicket-keeper feels the visitors have got the time to assess the conditions and prepare together ahead of the Pakistan series.

“But we’ll probably get a taste of all of those at some stage, and I have no expectations,” said Carey.

Alex Carey-Twitter
Alex Carey-Twitter

“It’s more just the excitement to get over there and have a week or so lead-in to that first Test – catch balls, hit balls, face spinners, face quicks, face the reversing ball. We’ve got a bit of time to assess and prepare together,” he added.

However, he insisted that they currently have no expectations regarding the type of pitch that will be prepared. Generally, Pakistan surfaces offer lots of turn but there will also be something in it for the pacers. They have a strong pace attack and it only makes sense for the curators to leave something in it for the speedy bowlers. Expectations aside, he expressed excitement over playing in the country – an experience that is new to most of the players.

Alex Carey Won’t Play Any Cricket Before Pakistan Test Series

Australian wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey has said he will not be playing any cricket before the three-match Test series against Pakistan, adding that he would be spending time with his family after a gruelling five-month schedule which saw the 30-year-old hardly take a break.

Alex Carey
Alex Carey. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Alex Carey has been playing non-stop cricket since the Marsh Sheffield Shield commenced in Adelaide five months back. He has made six Shield appearances, played five Ashes Tests, five Marsh One-Day Cup matches and three Big Bash League (BBL) fixtures in the last five months.

Uncapped Queensland fast bowler Mark Steketee has been called into Australia’s squad for the upcoming Test tour of Pakistan, replacing the injured Michael Neser. Uncapped fast bowler Brendan Doggett has also been named in the squad as a standby by player for the tour. Bowling allrounder Sean Abbott is also on standby for the Pakistan tour.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner. On standby: Brendan Doggett, Sean Abbott

A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter

Mohammad Hasnain’s Bowling Action Found Illegal; Suspended From Bowling In International Cricket And Ongoing PSL 2022

Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling action has been found to be illegal. The Pakistan pacer, has been suspended from bowling in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, the Big Bash League as well as international cricket after failing to clear his bowling action, which was first reported by umpire Gerard Abood in a Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground Stadium on January 2.
The Pakistan fast bowler underwent tests on his action last month at the ICC-accredited biomechanics laboratory at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); while a subsequent report found that a majority of the deliveries he bowled exceeded the 15-degree tolerance limit for a legal bowling action.
Mohammad Hasnain is currently contracted to the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.
Mohammad Hasnain is currently contracted to the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. © Getty

Mohammad Hasnain’s Bowling Action Is Illegal As It Beached The 15 Degree Limit For Elbow Extension

The testing at Lahore’s University of Management Sciences on January 21 revealed Mohammad Hasnain breached the ICC’s 15-degree limit for elbow extension on his “good length delivery, full-length delivery, slow bouncer and bouncer”. The ban will rule the 21-year-old speedster who regularly tops the 145kph mark out of Pakistan’s home series against Australia next month.

He has also been banned from bowling in the Pakistan Super League and will instead begin immediate remedial work on the action. Mohammad Hasnain had played the first three games of the competition taking 3-76 for the Quetta Gladiators while analysis of his action was completed.

Mohammad Hasnain's action was first reported in the BBL // Getty
Mohammad Hasnain’s action was first reported in the BBL // Getty
“The PCB today received a formal and detailed report from Cricket Australia on Mohammad Hasnain’s assessment test, which stated his elbow extension for his good length delivery, full length delivery, slow bouncer and bouncer exceeded the 15-degree limits,” the PCB said in a statement.
“The PCB has discussed the report with its own bowling experts and is confident that the problem can be resolved. The PCB will now appoint a bowling consultant who will work with Mohammad Hasnain so that he can rectify his bowling action and be ready for a reassessment.”
Mohammad Hasnain was first reported last month by umpires in the Big Bash League, where he was playing for Sydney Thunder. Ordinarily, he would have been tested in Australia. But because he was due to travel back to Pakistan to play in the PSL, it was decided he would undergo the testing in Lahore.

Mohammad Hasnain Won’t Play Remaining Matches As PCB Decided Not To Allow Him To Participate In Remainder Of PSL Keeping His Future And Pakistan’s Interest

Mohammad Hasnain played for his franchise Quetta Gladiators in their first three games of the season, as regulations allowed him to, but was benched for their loss to Islamabad United on Thursday evening in Karachi.
According to the ICC’s regulations on illegal bowling actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board- PCB can allow him to continue bowling in their domestic tournaments. But they have decided against it.
“Mohammad Hasnain is an asset for Pakistan and one of the very few bowlers to consistently click 145kmp,” the PCB statement added.
“As such, and keeping his future and Pakistan’s interest at the forefront, the PCB, on the recommendation of the HBL PSL 2022 Technical Committee, has decided he will not be allowed to continue to participate in the HBL Pakistan Super League.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
“Instead, he will use this time to work with the PCB-appointed bowling consultant to modify his bowling action so that he can apply for a reassessment and become eligible to return to international cricket as quickly as practically possible. As per the Illegal Bowling Action Regulations, until Mohammad Hasnain clears his reassessment, he will remain suspended from bowling in international cricket.”
Disallowing Mohammad Hasnain from bowling in the PSL is not without precedent. In 2016, the board prevented Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in the PSL after his action was found to be illegal.
The 21-year-old pacer has been a constant presence in and around Pakistan’s white-ball squads and already has a T20I hat-trick to his name. He had impressed in his short stint at the BBL, recruited as a replacement for English quick Saqib Mahmood, and he took 3 for 20 in Sydney Thunder’s 28-run win over Adelaide Strikers on his debut.
Mohammad Hasnain had picked up three wickets in the PSL so far, while conceding 8.44 runs per over. Hasnain made his international debut against Australia in Sharjah in March 2019 and in October that year became the youngest player ever to take a T20 international hat-trick in a match against Sri Lanka.
He has played 8 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals after making his Pakistan debut in 2019. He has picked 12 ODI and 17 T20I scalps.
David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 49, which launched Australia on their way to victory. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images
David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 49, which launched Australia on their way to victory. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

David Warner And Mitchell Marsh Rested; Travis Head, Moises Henriques And Jhye Richardson Return For Sri Lanka T20Is

David Warner, the flamboyant opener was rested by Australia for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Cricket Australia announced a 16-man squad ahead of the home series beginning on February 11. The selection committee will also make a preliminary list of players for the tour of Pakistan, slated to take place in the March-April window.

Travis Head, Moises Henriques, and Jhye Richardson have made a return to the Australian squad. The Australian cricket team has announced the squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against the Sri Lankan side.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner And Mitchell Marsh Rested For T20I Series Against Sri Lanka

Ben McDermott, who enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, is being primed to open the innings in the absence of David Warner. The tournament’s leading run-scorer, despite keeping wickets for his franchise, is expected to be the second-choice wicket-keeper in national colours.

Matthew Wade is expected to continue to keep wickets for the team in the series against Sri Lanka. The veteran might not be part of the squad that tours Pakistan with only a single T20I fixture on the schedule. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh will not play the T20I series against the Sri Lankan side as well. Aaron Finch will continue to lead the Australian side in the five-match series.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

The team will tour Pakistan to play three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I from March 3 onwards. The Tests are currently touted to be hosted by Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore respectively. Cricket Australia are currently in negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board about the possibility of playing all Tests at one venue to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The remainder of the Australia bowling attack for the Sri Lanka home series is made up of first-choice names, with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc (who has opted out of the IPL auction), both included alongside white-ball specialists Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa.

David Warner, the Player of the Tournament at the recent 2021 T20I World Cup, and his Australian team-mate Mitchell Marsh, who was the Player of the Match in the final, were rested keeping in mind a hectic international schedule in 2022.

Jhye Richardson Included In Sri Lankan Tour

The management are looking at Jhye Richardson as a long-term prospect at the moment. The right-arm pacer was ruled out of the last three Ashes 2021/22 Tests due to a foot injury following a five-wicket haul in Adelaide. Jhye Richardson was also selected for the Sri Lanka home T20Is as the T20I World Champions deal with a busy calendar, highlighted by overseas assignments.

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. Image Credits: Twitter

The 25-year-old is being groomed for the next Ashes campaign in England as well, where Australia have not secured a series since 2001. His ability to swing the ball both ways at a gentle pace could be more than handy with the Duke’s ball. Consequently, he could play within the country as part of the Australia A setup or go on to have a county stint.

Jhye Richardson is included in a T20I squad for the first time since the tour of New Zealand last February. He featured in one Ashes Test, taking a five-wicket haul in Adelaide, before picking up a lower leg injury. He was later confirmed that he would not be considered for the Pakistan tour as his workloads are carefully managed.

Australia is set to tour Pakistan with a full-strength squad as no player has so far expressed any reservation about travelling to the country which did not get to host top-flight international cricket for nearly a decade due to security concerns. Last year, before the 2021 T20I World Cup, New Zealand and England had pulled out of the tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, the Kiwis withdrawing at the eleventh hour.

T20I Squad For Sri Lanka Tour: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Marcus Stoinis (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL)
Marcus Stoinis (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL)

Gautam Gambhir Reveals Reason For Signing Marcus Stoinis In Lucknow Team For IPL 2022

Gautam Gambhir, Lucknow franchise’s mentor has revealed the exact reason behind signing Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. He reckons that the all-rounder can play the finisher’s role to perfection. The IPL 2022 will be a 10-team affair with the addition of two new teams Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

The mega auction for the upcoming tournament is scheduled to be held on February 12 and 13. Lucknow franchise has appointed former Team India opener Gautam Gambhir as their mentor and ahead of the auction, they have already signed three players. Indian limited-overs vice-captain KL Rahul has been named captain while emerging leggie Ravi Bishnoi, and, star Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis are the other two players.

KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis
KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis. (Photo: Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir: Marcus Stoinis Is A Complete Package As He Can Win Matches Single-Handedly

Marcus Stoinis was a key member of the Australian team that won the ICC T20I World Cup last year and has been in great form in the ongoing Big Bash League too.

“After Ben Stokes, who is likely to stay away from IPL this season, Stoinis is the complete package. He can bat, bowl, and is one of the best fielders. I think his addition is good news for the team,” said Gautam Gambhir while speaking on Star Sports. “We have seen him perform in the ICC T20 World Cup. He can win matches single-handedly,” he added.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Furthermore, the two-time World Cup winner also added that the franchise has decided to rope in Marcus Stoinis purely from a finisher’s point of view since they were unaware of English all-rounder Ben Stokes’ availability for next month’s auction.

Gautam Gambhir also mentioned that apart from batting well in the middle-order, Marcus Stoinis has the ability to finish games as well. The Australian all-rounder has played 56 IPL matches so far managing 914 runs averaging 27.7 at a strike rate of 135.81 and has also picked 30 scalps averaging 32.3.

Marcus Stoinis Had represented Delhi, Punjab, And Bangalore In IPL

This will be Marcus Stoinis’ fourth IPL team. He had represented Delhi (Daredevils & Capitals) before making an impact for Punjab Kings, and, Royal Challengers Bangalore.  The T20I World Cup winner of Australia was roped in by the Delhi Capitals during the 2020 season and in the last two editions, he has amassed 441 runs at a strike rate of 142.71 and also registered 15 scalps.

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore) for IPL 2022. The Lucknow team will head to the IPL 2022 auction with a purse of INR 59.89 crores.

Marcus Stoinis has been offered a sum of INR 9.2 crore, while Ravi Bishnoi and KL Rahul have been paid INR 4 & 17 crores respectively. With three players already on board, it would be interesting to see how the Lucknow-based franchise plan out their strategy on the auction table in what is expected to be a high-intensity bidding war next month as they look forward to welcoming some key players to their team.

Meanwhile, Ahmedabad included Hardik Pandya (Rs 15 crore), Rashid Khan (Rs 15 crore), and Shubman Gill (Rs 8 crore) in their team, with Hardik Pandya being appointed as skipper.

Perth Scorchers team. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Perth Scorchers team. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Perth Scorchers Docked For Breaching BBL Rules After Fielding Brayden Stepien

Perth Scorchers were found guilty of a breach of the Big Bash League (BBL) Player Contracting and Remuneration Rules at a Cricket Australia Code of Conduct Commission hearing.

The Perth Scorchers fielded Central Local Replacement Player Brayden Stepien during their Big Bash League match against the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on Friday, January 14.

Local replacement player Brayden Stepien’s first appearance as a Perth Scorchers came in remarkable circumstances.
Local replacement player Brayden Stepien’s first appearance as a Perth Scorcher came in remarkable circumstances. Credit: Fox Cricket

Perth Scorchers Quilty Of Breaching BBL Rules After Using Central Replacement Player Incorrectly

Perth Scorchers have been found guilty of breaching BBL contracting rules after using a central replacement player incorrectly during their loss to Adelaide Strikers on January 14, but will still finish top of the ladder as the BBL lock away their finals venues.
Laurie Evans of the Perth Scorchers (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Laurie Evans of the Perth Scorchers (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Perth Scorchers called in a replacement player Brayden Stepien from the newly-created central pool to keep wicket for 14 overs during the Strikers match after Laurie Evans, who was initially picked to keep the wicket, had suffered an injury. The Perth franchise was already missing Josh Inglis, who was with Australia’s Test squad, while Cameron Bancroft was missing due to Covid.

Brayden Stepien Kept Wicket For 14 Overs During The Adelaide Striker’s Innings Despite Not Being Part Of Perth Scorchers’ 18 Men Squad

Brayden Stepien kept wicket for 14 overs during the Adelaide Strikers’ batting innings despite not being part of the Perth franchise’s 18-player squad.

“At the hearing, Commissioner Alan Sullivan QC heard evidence from representatives of both Clubs and Cricket Australia. He determined that Stepien was an ineligible player for the match and as such, the decision to field Stepien was a breach of the Rules,” said an official statement.

Adelaide Strikers (Image Source: @StrikersBBL)
Adelaide Strikers (Image Source: @StrikersBBL)

The Commissioner determined the penalty for the Perth Scorchers would be the deduction of their Bash Boost point earned on the night. He noted the unique and challenging circumstances of the current Big Bash League season and the low impact of this breach.

For clarity, the Bash Boost point from that match will not be awarded to the Adelaide Strikers. Brayden Stepien was on standby for the game as a replacement player, but clubs need to officially add the replacement player to their squad list prior to the game to allow him to play. But Brayden Stepien was called upon to field despite not being added to the Perth Scorchers list.

An undermanned Perth Scorchers outfit has been dealt a “rude shock”, producing their lowest total of BBL11 in just their third loss of the summer as the Adelaide Strikers kept their slim finals hopes alive. Pacer Matt Kelly returned a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 and didn’t travel with the squad. Batsman Cameron Bancroft also returned a positive PCR test result while in isolation, joining Colin Munro. Mitchell Marsh, Josh Inglis, and Ashton Agar were also unavailable for selection.

With six first-choice Scorchers unavailable, the Adelaide Strikers on Friday played with great discipline – with both bat and ball – to record an impressive six-wicket win in their first game without superstar spinner Rashid Khan in a rare mid-morning BBL game at the Adelaide Oval. It was Adelaide Strikers’ second consecutive win, helping it jump into the top five on the table amid the crucial closing stages of the BBL regular season.

A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter

Mohammad Hasnain To Undergo Test On Bowling Action After It Was Reported In Big Bash League 2021/22

Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan fast bowler is set to undergo a test on his bowling action on Tuesday, after it was reported by umpires in the Big Bash League. The pacer has just finished a productive five-game stint with Sydney Thunder but will now undergo the test at the ICC-accredited biomechanics laboratory in Lahore.
The 21-year-old, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), made a strong impact in his debut season at the BBL. He came in as a replacement for English quick Saqib Mahmood and took 3 for 20 in Thunder’s 28-run win over Adelaide Strikers, in his debut.
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore © Getty

Mohammad Hasnain Reported For Suspect Illegal Bowling Action And Is Set To Undergo A Test On His Bowling Action

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action in the ongoing Big Bash League. His action was reported by the umpires in the game between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on January 2. In a statement, Cricket Australia confirmed it was during that first appearance that he was reported by the umpires.

A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File
A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File

Mohammad Hasnain played another four matches in the competition. In his last game against Sydney Sixers, Moises Henriques was heard on the stump mic saying “nice throw mate” to Mohammad Hasnain, after he bowled him a bouncer. He didn’t pick up a wicket in that game though he was economical (4-0-22-0), as the Sydney Sixers won the match by 60 runs.

Mohammad Hasnain, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has played 8 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals after making his Pakistan debut in 2019. He has picked 12 ODI and 17 T20I scalps.

Mohammad Hasnain Picked 7 Wickets In 5 Games In Big Bash League

In the five games he played, Mohammad Hasnain conceded runs at just 6.00 per over while taking seven wickets at an average of 15.71. He was due to undergo a test on his action on January 19 in Australia, but because he was due to return to Pakistan at the end of his stint and because there is an ICC-accredited testing facility in Lahore, it was decided he would get tested there.
The test comes at a crucial time for Mohammad Hasnain, given that the PSL’s seventh season is due to begin in less than ten days in Karachi and he is an important part of the Quetta Gladiators squad. If the test finds his action to be legal, he will continue playing as usual. But if he is found to have an illegal action, he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket and domestic events around the world until he corrects his action.
Mohammad Hasnain's bowling action reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling action was reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Under clause 11.5 of the ICC’s regulations and protocols surrounding illegal actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board – as Mohammad Hasnain’s national cricket federation – can permit him to bowl in their domestic events. Mohammad Hasnain could be allowed to bowl in the PSL, though in the past they have not permitted bowlers with suspect actions to bowl in the league.
In any case, he is allowed to bowl until the results of his testing come out, which could take up to 14 days. That means, in theory, he could be fine to bowl in the opening games of the PSL. As the initial report was made during a BBL match, CA will review and verify the report provided by the PCB’s testing facility.
The then 19-year-old Pakistan right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain claimed a hat-trick (5th October 2019) evening during the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka. He became the youngest bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. On 3 November 2020, in the third match against Zimbabwe, he took his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket, returning figures of 5/26 in 10 overs.

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