Cricket enthusiasts around the world are gearing up for the upcoming Big Bash League Draft and inaugural Women’s Big Bash League Draft, as Cricket Australia has unveiled the comprehensive list of nominations for the two highly anticipated events.
In an extraordinary display of global interest, a staggering 498 cricketers from 29 countries have put forward their names for consideration ahead of the forthcoming Big Bash League Draft. This extraordinary list includes several international luminaries such as Rashid Khan and Deepti Sharma, who have established themselves as cricketing sensations on the world stage.
The fervor isn’t limited to the men’s league alone. The Women’s Big Bash League Draft is also attracting substantial attention, with 122 players from 19 countries submitting their names for selection.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, expressed his delight, stating, “We are thrilled by the response to this year’s WBBL and BBL Drafts. The sheer volume and calibre of nominations for both Drafts speaks to the appeal of the Big Bash League for players from across the globe and reinforces the competition’s reputation for showcasing top-tier talent and providing unparalleled entertainment.”
Dobson also highlighted the league’s commitment to elevating player rewards this season, noting, “With the uplift in Big Bash player payment pools this season, top international players are set to earn more than ever before, highlighting the Big Bash League’s continued commitment to fostering a world-class competition.”
The stage is set for a thrilling showdown as the WBBL Draft is slated to kick off at 3pm AEST on Sunday, followed by the BBL Draft at 4.30pm. Cricket enthusiasts, players, and franchises alike are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the selections that will shape the exciting trajectory of the upcoming Big Bash League and Women’s Big Bash League seasons.