BBL Draft: Liam Livingstone Headlines 70 English Players Nominated For BBL Draft
BBL Draft: As the star of the 70 Englishmen who have nominated themselves for the upcoming BBL overseas draft, Liam Livingstone appears destined to be selected with the Platinum pick. But teams will be looking closely at the players’ availability. As many will likely switch to other leagues in the middle of the competition. Looking for India’s top betting sites? Check out live cricket odds and bet on live cricket games with our amazing betting bonuses!
Alex Hales, James Vince, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Lewis Gregory, Matt Parkinson, Richard Gleeson, and Ollie Pope. Livingstone is expected to be the most in-demand English player. England has no international limited-overs matches scheduled for December 2022 or January 2023. And that their first series of the new year is set to be an ODI series in South Africa. That will likely be played in February after the new South Africa T20 league is finished. The nominees involved in England’s current white-ball setup are theoretically available for the tournament.
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BBL Draft: UAE T20 Tournament vs BBL
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Pope, Potts, and Parkinson might arrive late at the BBL if all three go to Pakistan. Because England has a Test series scheduled there for early December. More concerning for the BBL is the likelihood of some English players. Livingstone and Hales could quit the league in the middle of the season to compete in the upcoming UAE T20 league. Because they will likely receive far higher pay for a shorter commitment there. Although the South African and UAE leagues are planned to begin in January. The BBL is scheduled to run from December 13 to February 4.
The projected dates for the UAE league are January 6 through February 12. Concerns about international players only being nominated for the first half of the BBL. Leaving themselves open to joining other leagues. And depleting the BBL of quality players from outside was voiced last week by Ricky Ponting and Usman Khawaja. A limited number of Platinum choices will receive AUD340,000 (about £196,000) from the BBL. While those nominated in the Gold category will receive about AUD260,000 (approximately £150,000).
BBL Draft: Availability Of Players
Those salaries are assured no matter how many games the players have nominated themselves for. Given that players like Livingstone and Hales will only be available for the first half of the tournament. And that a significant portion of their salaries will count toward the AUD 1.9 million salary cap. It will be difficult for BBL clubs to determine whether they are worth selecting in the draft at those prices. Livingstone has indicated an interest in returning to the BBL. Where he last played with the Perth Scorchers two seasons ago.
The Scorchers are also interested in bringing him back. But since he did not play last season. They cannot use a retention pick, and they have the sixth pick overall; Livingstone is certain to go in the first five picks.
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