Sandeep, Keemo & Zahir: What this week’s BBL signings means for SuperCoach
Most BBL clubs are narrowing in on their final 19-man rosters for BBL|10 after the recent flurry of signings, although things often change late with injuries, call-ups or withdrawals, so stay alert and agile.
Anyway, for now, here’s the past week’s BBL signings and what they mean from a SuperCoach perspective.
It’s been a busy week for the Strikers, who’ve opted to announce their signings a lot later than all other clubs. Firstly, English spinner Danny Briggs ($138k BWL) was confirmed and he’ll work in partnership with Rashid Khan ($192k BWL). He’s the all-time leading wicket-taker in English domestic T20 cricket.
Adelaide also added two youngsters for depth in all-rounder Liam Scott ($42k BAT/BWL) and left-arm quick Spencer Johnson ($42k BWL). Don’t expect them to play much, if at all.
The Strikers also confirmed the re-signings of bowling trio Wes Agar ($150k BWL), Liam O’Connor ($109k BWL) and Harry Conway ($90k BWL). O’Connor may be squeezed out of XI calculations with Briggs’ addition, while Agar and Conway will contend with Dan Worrall ($92k BWL) for two spots in the side when Michael Neser ($142k BAT/BWL) is out.
Adelaide have one spot left to fill, which is expected to go to wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey.
The Heat have added some fast bowling depth with the double signing of Xavier Bartlett ($42k BWL) and Matt Willans ($42k BWL). Both appear squad players and may struggle to get a game.
Nepalese leggie Sandeep Lamichhane ($138k BWL) was unveiled as expected, after two prolific wicket-taking years with the Stars. He looks a certain best XI player but the kicker is he’ll arrive in January, meaning he’ll miss the Canes’ double game round in Round Two.
West Indies bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul ($125k BAT/BWL) was a surprise addition this week, although his availability is limited due to national duty. He’ll be with the Windies Test squad in New Zealand until mid-December (he’ll slot straight in after that’s done as there’s no quarantine requirement from NZ) and likely head for Bangladesh in early January too.
Tim Paine ($90k WKP/BAT) was also signed but he’ll have a small window of availability towards the back-end of BBL|10 after the Tests are complete in mid-January.
As expected, ex-Heat tweaker Zahir Khan ($129k BWL) was confirmed as the Stars second spin option alongside Adam Zampa ($184k BWL). Zahir wasn’t a prolific wicket-taker last season but he kept a tight economy rate, so he’ll be in their best XI and should be available all season. The Stars can still sign one more international.
With Tom Curran ($204k BAT/BWL) to miss the start of BBL|10, the Sixers nabbed West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite ($160k BAT/BWL) who’s turned his back on the Lanka Premier League. Brathwaite played for the Sixers in BBL|07 where he bowled a lot more than he batted. Expect him to bat around six or seven. His recent form in the Pakistani Super League wasn’t amazing.
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