All eight BBL clubs have battled it out in the second edition of the BBL Draft. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

The second year of the BBL draft got underway after an anti-climatic start, with the Melbourne Stars first pick initially being used to select the Afghan superstar Rashid Khan, who was predictably retained by the Adelaide Strikers. 

With another chance to take their pick, the Melbourne Stars instead elected to pick promising England middle-order batsman Harry Brook to play in green, after finishing bottom place in BBL|12.

There were some big name players that went un-drafted, including former South African captain Faf Du Plessis, Shadab Khan, Dawid Malan and Naseem Shah.

With the emergence of several T20 leagues commencing around the world during the BBL, including the SAT20 (South African T20) and the ILT20 (International League T20), most players selected won’t be available for the entirety of the tournament.

Adelaide Strikers

Picks: Rashid Khan (Platinum), Jamie Overton (Gold) and Adam Hose (Bronze)

Five wins from 14 games last season emphasised the importance of recruiting for the Adelaide Strikers, who will be looking to win their second title.

It was no real surprise that their leg-spinning sensation Rashid Khan was retained with pick one, which allows him to come back to Adelaide for the seventh season in a row. 

The Strikers drafted fast-bowling all-rounder Jamie Overton to fill the void of the late overs power hitting.

It seemed like the Strikers had a key focus to bolster up their middle order by picking up Adam Hose to play with the short square boundaries at the Adelaide Oval. He was a selected due to his previous batting performances which steadied the team at crucial points last season.

What the club said

When speaking about Rashid Khan’s selection, Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie explained that “Available for a fair chunk of the season so it was a no-brainer for us.”

Gillespie also spoke in glowing terms about Jamie Overton.

“[He is a] big-hitting middle order player, [that] can bowl quick [and] he’s quick in the field,” He said.

“He won the player of the tournament in The Hundred, we feel that really compliments our list and we are really comfortable with our top-order batting. 

The Strikers also acknowledged the impact of Adam Hose last season in his first Big Bash summer saying that he can now adapt to Australian conditions by accessing more areas of the ground.

Brisbane Heat

Picks: Colin Munro (Platinum), Sam Billings (Gold) and Paul Walter (Bronze)

After falling agonisingly short of winning the BBL|12 final the Heat have gone with a similar team again this season.

36-year-old Colin Munro joins the Heat side again alongside Sam Billings, making themselves a formidable top-order.

Paul Walter joins the Big Bash for the first time after some consistent years for the Manchester Originals and Essex. The Englishman is renowned for his power-hitting game in the back end of T20 innings.

What the club said

Brisbane Heat coach Wade Seccombe described Munro’s impact on the group. 

“That’s part of the reason obviously the package on the field he was great around the dressing room he is just good for our group.”

Seccombe then spoke about selecting Billings this season.

 ”[He] fitted in well again [and] he’s had recent success in the Hundred as the captain, he’s a good leader around the group.

Hobart Hurricanes 

Picks: Chris Jordan (Platinum), Sam Hain (Gold) and Corey Anderson (Bronze)

After going with a Pakistan-heavy strategy last season the ‘Canes have gone another direction in their bid to win their first BBL title.

The Hobart has chosen to go with the ever-reliable Englishman Chris Jordan for an extra death bowling option.

The acquisition of New Zealand hard-hitter and US resident Corey Anderson will no doubt provide more experience to their middle-order.

Former Brisbane Heat player Sam Hain enjoyed his last summer down under, he brings his career average of 40.87 and a career strike rate of 134.70 in T20 cricket to Hobart this season.

What the club said

Hobart Hurricanes Head of Strategy Ricky Ponting explained their decision to take Chris Jordan

“[He] offers something with the new ball, [he’s a] very good depth bowler, gun in the field and his batting over the past 15-18 months has really come on. You talk about three dimensions cricketers and he is certainly one of them.”

Ponting also spoke about Sam Hain, labelling him as a quality middle-order ability who has the strike rate to match it with the best and has the ability to bat in different positions.

“He will give us a couple of overs, he can bat anywhere in the batting order as well, and he’s obviously coming off Major League cricket in the US.”

He then described what they saw that made them select Corey Anderson.

“We think he will slot in really nicely with us, l worked with him for the Mumbai Indians he’s a terrific bloke and will fit well with the group.”

Melbourne Renegades 

Picks: Quinton De Kock (Platinum) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Gold)

The Renegades have made some huge acquisitions, including world-class wicketkeeper batsman Quinton De Kock, who will be available for at least seven games of the tournament. 

With the trade of their only wicket-keeper Sam Harper moving to the Stars this season, the club will have to look for another keeper after De Kock leaves for the SAT20.

Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will team up with number Aussie white ball spinner Adam Zampa this season at Marvel Stadium.

What the club said

Melbourne Renegades GM James Rosengarten said they always had Quinton De Kock as the ‘number one overall’ preference for their platinum pick.

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Melbourne Stars 

Picks: Harry Brook (Platinum), Haris Rauf (Gold) and Usama Mir (Bronze)

After finishing with the wooden spoon last summer, the Stars will be looking to bounce back in a big way this season.

The trade of Adam Zampa to the Melbourne Renegades for wicket-keeper batsman Sam Harper, meant the Stars would be looking for a spinner option for the whole tournament ideally.

They well and truly found one, picking up Pakistan leg-spinner Usama Mir. The 27-year-old impressed many during his title-winning stint for the Manchester Originals in The Hundred tournament.

The Stars will be feeling hopeful when they get Captain Glenn Maxwell back to the team after a freak accident left him with a broken leg. They will be wanting a fit Marcus Stoinis, after missing periods with a hamstring injury last Big Bash season. 

What the club said

When speaking about their recruitment of Harry Brook, Melbourne Stars GM Blair Crouch was complimentary.

“[He is] box office [viewing] and we think he’s going to bring us something that will really lengthen our batting as well. We hope that he’s the player that Stars fans want to come down and see”. 

He then spoke about why they brought back ‘fan favourite’ Haris Rauf.

“We think he’s one of the best death bowlers in the world, he’s a competitor and fits well into our dressing room.”

Perth Scorchers  

Picks: Zac Crawley (Gold) and Laurie Evans (Silver)

The reigning BBL winners will be keen to add another trophy to their cabinet as the side appears to be similar to last year.

Coach Adam Voges seemed surprised to still see Zac Crawley’s name still there as the Scorchers swooped him up in the second round.

Laurie Evans is back after helping them win the BBL|11 final, hitting a match-winning knock of 76 not out from 41 balls.

What the club said

Voges spoke about their strategy which was to go local as much as possible.

“We’re keen to keep our local list together as best as we possibly can and in order to do that we’ll enter the draft at gold tonight.”

Sydney Sixers  

Picks: Tom Curran (Platinum), James Vince (Gold) and Rehan Ahmed (Bronze)

The Sixers under Greg Shepperd seemed to have gone with the tried and tested method again this season, choosing to pick up three Englishmen.

Tom Curran returns to the magenta side after suffering two back stress fractures, however he has proven he is in great touch in The Hundred tournament.

A proven consistent-performer for the Sixers, James Vince will come back to Sydney after scoring six times over 25 runs last summer.

What the club said

Sydney Sixers coach Greg Sheppard explained why they chose to stick with Tom Curran

“We know what Tom brings to the table we think he’s a package with the bat, ball and field,” he said.

“He’s a great team player and we think he has got fight in him because he’s been injured for a couple of seasons and we think he’s coming back into form.”

He then spoke about why Vince was a no-brainer for the Sixers.

“We’re delighted to announce James, [for] our stability, we value his leadership and quality across the top order.”

Sydney Thunder   

Picks: Alex Hales (Platinum) and Zaman Khan (Gold)

The Thunder have drafted experienced opening batsman Alex Hales to the team after he recently retired from international cricket.

The 34-year-old will team up with new recruits Cameron Bancroft and David Warner later on in the tournament.

Pakistan’s Zaman Khan was been picked up after impressing in recent PSL (Pakistan Super League) tournaments and International cricket in the last 15 months.

The Thunder chose to pass on rounds three and four as clubs can sign a minimum of two internationals and closer to the season, they can sign a primary third international after the draft if clubs wish to choose.

What the club said

Sydney Thunder coach Trevor Bayliss acknowledged Alex Hales’ contribution to the Thunder.

“He’s a part of the furniture at the Thunder now and has been with us for four or five years now so we’re looking forward to what he can bring us now.”

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