Nicholas Pooran’s availability has opened up for the entirety of BBL|10, while Joe Burns has been released to play for the Brisbane Heat and Josh Inglis’ opening spot was reassured for Perth.
There were no surprises in the Adelaide Strikers’ extended 18-man squad which included Rashid Khan ($180k BWL) who successfully overcame a hamstring injury last game.
Strikers squad: Carey (c), Agar, Briggs, Conway, Gibson, Nielsen, O’Connor, Johnson, Rashid Khan, Renshaw, Salt, Scott, Short, Siddle, Valente, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall
Likewise there were no changes in Perth’s 17-man squad. But there was some pre-season talk that Josh Inglis ($97k BAT/WKP) would drop down the order once the Scorchers had a full complement of players yet coach Adam Voges reassured that’s unlikely.
Voges said: “The intention was always for Josh to stay at the top. He hasn’t quite found his rhythm this year. There were some better signs last game. We want to keep giving him that opportunity.”
Scorchers squad: Fawad Ahmed, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Hardie, Inglis, Kelly, Livingstone, Marsh, Munro, Paris, Patterson, Richardson, Rocchiccioli, Roy, Turner, Tye, Whiteman
Joe Burns ($73k BAT) has been dropped from the Australian Test squad and will be subsequently available immediately to the Brisbane Heat.
National selector Trevor Hohns said: “Joe Burns has been released from the squad and will return to Brisbane Heat. Unfortunately, Joe’s returns haven’t been what he or the selectors would like or what we consider he is capable of.”
Sandeep Lamichhane ($138k BWL) has now completed his mandatory two-week quarantine and is available now for the Hurricanes. They next play on January 2 against the Stars.
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Jason Holder ($166k BAT/BWL) and Nicholas Pooran ($169k BAT/WKP) both elected to not be part of the West Indies squad announced on Wednesday for the upcoming Bangladesh tour for COVID-19 related concerns or personal fears.
As a result they’re available for all of BBL|10 if their clubs wish to retain them, although the Sixers announced Holder’s departure on Wednesday afternoon. Pooran was expected to leave the Stars in early January after six games.
Keemo Paul ($117k BAT/BWL) was also expected to leave Hobart in early January but actually wasn’t selected in the West Indies squad for the tour, opening up his availability.
We’ll learn the squads for the Renegades-Thunder game on New Years’ Day to open Round 6 and finish Round 5 with the Strikers-Scorchers clash in Adelaide.