KFC Big Bash League clubs able to field three overseas players
KFC Big Bash League clubs will be able to field three overseas players in their playing XI for the first time this season with the introduction of an additional squad position for KFC BBL|10.
The move follows this week’s news that the ICC’s number one ranked T20I batter, bowler and all-rounder have all signed for KFC BBL clubs. Dawid Malan has joined the Hobart Hurricanes, while Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades respectively.
The introduction of an additional squad position will increase squad sizes to 19 players for BBL|10 and ensure a greater investment in top talent by the League and clubs than ever before.
The funds to sign an additional overseas player will be drawn from the Player Payment Pool and a significant additional investment from Cricket Australia. As such, all player retainers for an additional overseas player will sit outside the existing salary cap.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said:
“The introduction of a third overseas player slot is a major milestone in the evolution of the KFC Big Bash League and a fitting way to celebrate the League’s tenth season,” Dobson said.
“We know our fans want to watch the best players from around the world and this week, we’ve added three of the best in Dawid Malan, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, plus a host of other top players.
“Now we’ve given our clubs the license to bring even more of these overseas stars to Australia. The BBL is Australia’s highest-rating sporting league and these players, alongside our best local talent, will ensure the KFC BBL|10 season is once again must-watch prime time entertainment this summer.
“We’d like to thank the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support on this important step for the League and we look forward to working together on further innovations and initiatives in the future.
Brendan Drew, ACA General Manager Cricket Operations and Player Relations, said:
“The players understand a strong BBL is vital for the game and are excited for the season ahead. Understanding the importance of attracting the best overseas stars to play alongside the best local players, the ACA is pleased to have worked with Cricket Australia to achieve this.”
The arrival of all overseas players in Australia is subject to Australian Border Force travel approval.
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