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.

Adelaide Strikers

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.

Brisbane Heat

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.

Hobart Hurricanes

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.

Melbourne Renegades

Roster complete.

Melbourne Stars

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.

Perth Scorchers

Roster complete.

Sydney Sixers

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.

Sydney Thunder

Roster complete.

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