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Ben Laughlin joins AB de Villiers, Tom Banton and Zahir Khan as new signings for the Heat

AB de Villiers
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Brisbane Heat will welcome the leading wicket-taker in the history of the KFC BIg Bash League for the coming summer.

Ben Laughlin will return to his home State after starting his T20 career with the Queensland Bulls in the original Big Bash competition, playing seven games between 2008 and 2011.

The 37-year-old is renowned as one of the game's premier specialist T20 bowlers, especially in the challenging 'death’ overs that close out an innings.

A desire to spend more time with his young family on the Sunshine Coast saw the right-arm paceman seek a release from the Adelaide Strikers, who granted his request this week.

He has agreed to a two-year deal with Brisbane and is the club's 16th signing for BBL|09.

His BBL career has seen him capture 95 wickets for the Hobart Hurricanes and the Strikers as part of a prolific career.

In all he has played 143 career T20 games, taking 175 wickets at 22.45 with a strike-rate of 16.8 and an economy rate of 7.99.

He has also played five One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals.

The vastly experienced Laughlin has played for three IPL teams in his career and recently made the final of the Caribbean premier league with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

He is currently playing in the T10 tournament in Abu Dhabi for Team Abi Dhabi which is coached by former English coach Trevor Bayliss.

He bowled two overs, taking 1-15, in the match earlier this week where his future Heat teammate Chris Lynn blasted 91no from just 30 balls.

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann praised Laughlin’s former club for their handling of the matter.

“I think the Strikers management deserve a real wrap for the way they dealt professionally and compassionately with his request to be released,’’ he said.

“In turn, the Heat are very pleased to welcome Ben to our club. I am looking forward to working with him again after he was in the Queensland team in the old KFC Big Bash in my first season with the Bulls.”

“From a playing perspective, I’m a big admirer of how he deals so efficiently with the roles he is assigned. He’s been a very skilled performer in those overs when there is very little margin for error and has rode the highs and lows that come with such a role.”

“It’s an exciting time for the Heat and I know Benny will be ready to roll when we get together soon.”

Laughlin joins South African legend AB de Villiers, English tyro Tom Banton and Afghani spinner Zahir Khan as new signings for the club.

The Heat have two more player signings to announce to complete its squad. BBL clubs have until 6 December to finalise their 18-player roster.

Tickets are on sale now for the Brisbane Heat’s hottest summer holiday season yet.

The ninth season of the KFC Big Bash League gets underway next month, when the Heat turn the spotlight on the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba on Tuesday 17 December to launch the tournament.

Ticket prices have again been maintained at family-friendly level, with adults from $22, kids from $8 and a family from just $48 for two adults and two children.*

Tickets are on sale through Ticketek.com.au Fans are urged to pre-purchase to ensure they don’t miss out on being part of the electric atmosphere at a Heat BBL game with fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.

 

The Heat has announced the following contracted players for BBL|09

Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (international), AB de Villiers (international), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (international), Zahir Khan (International), Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Renshaw, Josh Lalor, Mitch Swepson, Jack Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Jimmy Peirson, Marnus Labuschagne

 

BBL|09 Brisbane Heat BBL Games

(all times listed Qld time)

 

Tuesday 17 Dec: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder,             Gabba   6.10pm

Friday 20 Dec: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Metricon Stadium            6.10pm

Sunday 22 Dec: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat,     SCG        6.10pm

Wed 1 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers,         Metricon Stadium            6.10pm

Friday 3 Jan: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena            6.10pm

Monday 6 Jan: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Spotless Stadium              6.10pm

Thursday 9 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes,           Gabba   6.10pm

Saturday 11 Jan: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat,             Optus    8.10pm

Tuesday 14 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers,             Gabba   2.40pm

Friday 17 Jan: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval    2.40pm

Sunday 19 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades,   Gabba   6.10pm

Thursday 23 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Gabba   6.10pm

Saturday 25 Jan: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat,             MCG      5.40pm

Mon 27 Jan: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Marvel Stadium                1.45pm

 

BBL FINALS

The Eliminator 

Thursday, 30 January 2020            4th         vs.          5th

The Qualifier

Friday, 31 January 2020  1st          vs.          2nd

The Knockout

Saturday, 1 February 2020            3rd         vs.          Winner of The Eliminator

The Challenger

Thursday, 6 February 2020           Loser of the Qualifier      vs.          Winner of The Knockout

THE FINAL

Saturday, 8 February 2020            Winner of the Qualifier  vs.          Winner of The Challenger

 

* Prices quoted are in relation to tickets purchased at the gate of Brisbane Heat BBL home games. Tickets purchased online attract a per transaction agency fee.