498 Cricketers from 29 Countries: Nominations for Big Bash Draft Unveiled

Adam Zampa

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.

Dobson’s Take:

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.

Big Bash League Draft Nominations


  • Noor Ahmad
  • Qais Ahmad
  • Zia Ur Rehman Akbar
  • Shafiqullah Ghafari
  • Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Amir Hamza Hotak
  • Rashid Khan
  • Zahir Khan Pakten
  • Dawlat Zadran
  • Shapoor Zadran


  • Tom Andrews
  • Ashton Agar
  • Wes Agar
  • Jason Behrendorff
  • Hilton Cartwright
  • Pat Cummins
  • Ben Cutting
  • Blake Edwards
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Moises Henriques
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Ashton Turner
  • Beau Webster
  • Sean Abbott


  • Shadman Islam
  • Shoriful Islam
  • Nasum Ahmed
  • Mahedi Hasan
  • Mehidy Hasan
  • Naim Sheikh
  • Mohammad Naim


  • Tom Abell
  • Rehan Ahmed
  • Zaman Akhter
  • Toby Albert
  • Tom Alsop
  • Jake Ball
  • Tom Banton
  • Jake Lintott
  • Richard Gleeson
  • Haseeb Hameed
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Dawid Malan
  • Tom Moores
  • Liam Patterson-White
  • Jamie Smith
  • Luke Wood


  • Priyank Panchal
  • Prithvi Shaw


  • Mark Adair
  • George Dockrell
  • Josh Little
  • Curtis Campher
  • Barry McCarthy


  • Dev Khanal
  • Arjun Saud


  • Colin Ackermann
  • Bas de Leede
  • Brandon Glover

New Zealand:

  • Corey Anderson
  • Tom Blundell
  • Tom Bruce
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Martin Guptill
  • Scott Kuggeleijn
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Hamish Rutherford
  • Tim Seifert
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Ross Taylor
  • Neil Wagner
  • Kane Williamson


  • Ali Abid
  • Sultan Ahmad
  • Abrar Ahmed
  • Fayyaz Ahmed
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Mukhtar Ahmed
  • Raees Aahmed
  • Kamran Akmal
  • Umar Akmal
  • Ammad Alam
  • Zaid Alam
  • Salman Ali Agha
  • Asif Ali
  • Haider Ali
  • Hassan Ali
  • Noman Ali
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Shadab Khan
  • Amir Yamin

South Africa:

  • Beuran Hendricks
  • Reeza Hendricks
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • David Miller
  • Dwaine Pretorius
  • Rassie van der Dussen

Sri Lanka:

  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Sachindu Colombage
  • Shamarh Brooks

West Indies:

  • Fabian Allen
  • Alick Athanaze
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Joshua Bishop
  • Nkrumah Bonner
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Roston Chase
  • Sheldon Cottrell
  • Andre Fletcher
  • Fidel Edwards
  • Oshane Thomas
  • Lendl Simmons
  • Sherfane Rutherford
  • Darren Bravo


  • Brendan Taylor


  • Aaron Jones
  • Karan KC

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