India’s off-spin all-rounder Deepti Sharma and Afghanistan’s ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan have been named as final nominations for the WBBL, BBL overseas drafts, scheduled to be held on September 3.
Deepti, who featured for UP Warriorz in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), is now added on the list of nominations for the inaugural WBBL overseas draft, which has got reaponse from 122 players from 19 countries.
Although had featured for Sydney Thunder in the 2021-22 WBBL season however, is not eligible for retention.
Other Indian players in WBBL draft include Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, Harleen Deol, Hurley Gala, Richa Ghosh, Mannat Kashyap, Amanjot Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Shreyanka Patil, Sneh Rana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Meghana Sabbineni, Deepti Sharma, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar and Radha Yadav.
Harmanpreet and Jemimah are eligible for retention by their respective clubs Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars.
Meanwhile, after being selected as a Platinum pick by the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL12 Draft, Rashid, with 556 T20 scalps, has put his name forward again in draft this year, which has nominations from 376 cricketers.
The players selected for the Platinum category of each draft will be announced on August 30. “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.”
“With the uplift in Big Bash player payment pools this season, top international players set to earn more than ever before highlighting the Big Bash League’s continued commitment to fostering a world-class competition.”
“On behalf of the League and our Clubs, we extend thanks to all players and their agents around the world for their support of the Drafts and the Big Bash Leagues. We look forward with great anticipation to the Drafts this Sunday,” said Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues.
Players in both the WBBL & BBL Overseas Player Drafts will be an eligible retention player if they fit any of the following criteria: 1) Have been in a Big Bash team squad for a minimum of two seasons and haven’t been contracted to another team since.
2) Have been in a Big Bash team squad the previous season. 3) Was in a team squad last season but did not play in the starting 13 and have been approved by the Big Bash Technical Committee. 4) Is otherwise approved by the Big Bash Technical Committee due to exceptional circumstances