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Big Bash League (BBL) 2022–23 Squads Announced

The first-ever Big Bash League (BBL) player draft on Sunday saw teams fighting off the field to get the best overseas player in their squad. Several international stars were up for grabs but considering their respective requirements, the clubs played it smartly.

England’s power-hitting giant Liam Livingstone was the first player to be picked in the draft’s platinum category. It was Melbourne Renegades who got him. Livingstone has shown his heroics all-around the world and Renegades made sure to get the big fish.

Melbourne Stars wanted to sign Afghan spin magician Rashid Khan but Adelaide Strikers retained him, knowing how crucial he can be for them in the upcoming season. The Stars then went with New Zealand’s experienced seamer Trent Boult whose left-arm swing bowling expertise is hidden to none.

Brisbane Heat roped in English wicket-keeper batter Sam Billing while Perth Scorchers was the only team to not sign any player from the platinum category. Other several international players were also picked by each of the franchises to strengthen their squads.

The 202–23 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) is all set to be played from December 13, 2022, to February 04, 2023.

Here are the full squads:

Adelaide Strikers: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Chris Lynn, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Henry Thorton.

Draft Picks: Rashid Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Hose.

Brisbane Heat: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.

Draft Picks: Colin Munro, Sam Billings, Ross Whiteley.

Hobart Hurricanes: Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade.

Draft Picks: Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf.

Melbourne Renegades: Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson ©, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Jon Wells.

Draft Picks: Liam Livingstone, Akeal Hosein, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Melbourne Stars: Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell ©, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa.

Draft Picks: Trent Boult, Joe Clarke, Luke Wood.

Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye.

Draft Picks: Laurie Evans, Phil Salt, Tymal Mills.

Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, ©, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk.

Draft Picks: Chris Jordan, James Vince, Izharulhaq Naveed.

Sydney Thunder: Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner.

Draft Picks: David Willey, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw.

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Mohsin Kamal

Mohsin Kamal

A Kashmir-based journalist who watches cricket for a living