BBL: Zak Crawley Signs With Hobart Hurricanes
BBL: Zak Crawley, the England Test opener, has been signed by the Hobart Hurricanes as a last-minute replacement player for the 2018 BBL season. Shadab Khan, a Pakistani legspinner all-rounder who is expected to miss several BBL games due to international obligations in a limited-overs series against New Zealand in January, has been replaced by Crawley, who will be in Pakistan with the England Test team at the start of the BBL season. Despite never having participated in the BBL, Crawley showed some of his skills in challenging Ashes tour circumstances last summer.
Ricky Ponting, the head of the strategy for the Hurricanes, was impressed by his score of 77 in the Sydney Test, which enabled England to win the match. Additionally, Crawley has ties to Hurricanes assistant coach Darren Berry because they both played for the London Spirit in the Hundred together. Domestically, Crawley has a strong T20 record, averaging 29.86 and hitting 145.08.
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BBL: “I’m Looking Forward”: Zak Crawley
Despite never having played T20 cricket outside of England and never having played a T20I, he also has a T20 century to his name. Crawley, a member of the Test team for the Pakistan series in December, has never played in an international franchise league. He joins the Hurricanes’ international team, consisting of Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf.
Crawley has played 47 T20s and amassed 1,284 runs at an average of 29.86 and a strike rate of 145.08. He played for the Kent team that defeated Somerset to win the T20 Blast in 2021.
“I’m excited to participate in the Big Bash for the first time. From afar, the Hurricanes seem to be awash with talent both in terms of the list they have built for on-field success and the quality list of support stuff they have on it. I’m looking forward to participating in what I hope will be a very successful summer.”
BBL: New Additions In Big Bash
Crawley will play in his first KFC BBL game this summer after representing England 31 times in both Test and one-day cricket.
With the confirmation of Crawley’s arrival, there are now 11 English players expected to compete in the BBL. Adam Hose will play for the Adelaide Strikers, Sam Billings and Ross Whiteley have signed with the Brisbane Heat, Joe Clark and Luke Wood will play for the Melbourne Stars, Tymal Mills and Phil Salt have contracts with the Perth Scorchers, Chris Jordan and James Vince are on the roster of the Sydney Sixers, and Alex Hales is returning to the Sydney Thunder.
Hobart Hurricanes Squad: Asif Ali (Pakistan), Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan), Zak Crawley (England) Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright