Zampa granted leave, Behrendorff to return, West Indies tour agreed
Adam Zampa has been granted leave for the Melbourne Stars, while Jason Behrendorff’s wife had their second child meaning he should be back for Round 3 after the pair’s shock Round 2 omissions.
The short stint of Melbourne Renegades recruit Benny Howell ($125k BAT/BWL) looks like it’ll extend throughout BBL|10.
It’s not well known that BBL clubs are permitted six imports on their roster but only three can play at once. Thus Howell can stick around and come in and out of the side based on form or availability.
Howell told ESPN Cricinfo: “I’ll be around (for BBL|10). I know Nabi and Noor are coming this week but I’ll see what happens… If I play then great but if not then I’ll still be happy to do whatever I can to help out.”
Adam Zampa ($178k BWL) missed the Stars’ draw with the Scorchers on Wednesday night but he’ll be back after their bye, having been granted leave.
The Stars said in a statement: “Adam Zampa has been granted leave following several months away from home living in bio-secure hubs. Will re-join the squad ahead of the Stars’ next match on Boxing Day against the Sydney Sixers.”
Expect to see Jason Behrendorff ($113k BWL) back in Round 3 for the Scorchers after announcing the successful birth of his and wife Juvelle’s second child, Levi, on Monday 14 December. Perth play their next game on Tuesday 22 December in Canberra.
The window of availability for West Indies trio Jason Holder ($175k BAT/BWL), Nicholas Pooran ($167k BAT/WKP) and Keemo Paul ($125k BAT/BWL) has been clarified as expected with Bangladesh and the Windies agreeing to a series in January. The Windies are due to arrive on January 10.
It’s a quiet day with the First Test starting in Adelaide, so there will be minimal BBL news.