Adam Zampa and Chris Lynn were among the popular SuperCoach picks who’ve been named as Round 7 commences, while a trio of Afghanistan stars are set to exit soon after call-ups and Shaun Marsh was ruled out.
The Melbourne Stars named a 16-man squad for Monday’s clash with the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday morning, with Adam Zampa ($173k BWL) returning from suspension.
Nic Maddinson ($87k BAT) is out, with the Stars stating: “Suffered an ankle sprain while fielding in the Stars’ loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.”
Stars squad: Maxwell, Cartwright, Dunk, Elliott, Fletcher, Gotch, Hatcher, Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Larkin, Morris, Pooran, Rainbird, Stanlake, Stoinis, Zampa
The Hurricanes named their extended 17-man squad on Sunday afternoon with no surprises, persisting with the same group meaning imports Keemo Paul ($105k BAT/BWL) and Will Jacks ($109k BAT/BWL) remain sidelined.
Hurricanes squad: Boland, Botha, David, Ellis, Handscomb, Ingram, Lamichhane, Malan, McDermott, Meredith, Moody, Owen, Parker, Short, Wakim, Winter, Wright
The Brisbane Heat named an extended 19-man squad for Monday’s clash with the Thunder, including skipper Chris Lynn ($135k BAT) who is said to be ahead of schedule from his hamstring injury, which he sustained on December 23.
The Heat said in a statement: “Lynn was originally due back from a low-grade hamstring injury on 14 January but has made strong progress in his recovery and rehabilitation.”
Replacement player Lachy Pfeffer ($42k WKP/BAT) subsequently drops out of the main squad, offering up a great loophole option for SuperCoaches.
The Heat said: “Will go out of the official squad but remain around the group in a training capacity, with the ability to be elevated back into the group in the event of other injuries or representative selections.”
Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Burns, Bryant, Cooper, Denly, Gregory, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Laughlin, Lynn, Peirson, Milenko, Sinfield, Steketee, Sully, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wildermuth, Wood
The Thunder named another extended 19-man squad, which doesn’t mean much, but they included Adam Milne ($136k BWL) despite his ankle issues.
The Thunder said in a statement: “Sydney Thunder’s medical staff will continue to monitor Adam Milne’s ankle after the New Zealand pace bowler spent the last match on the sideline.”
Thunder squad: Ferguson, Billings, Cook, Cutting, Davies, Doggett, Gilkes, Green, Hales, Holt, Khawaja, McAndrew, Milne, Nair, Ross, Sams, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Tremain
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Renegades coach Michael Klinger made a few revelations after their loss to the Scorchers on Sunday, including that Shaun Marsh ($137k BAT) will be unavailable in the coming games as he’ll remain in Perth to be with his wife for the birth of their third child.
Klinger said: “Shaun Marsh is staying here to have a baby. He’s going to miss our next, at least one or two games.”
Rilee Rossouw ($104k BAT) will also miss a few games, having done his hamstring in the field. Klinger said: “He’s done his hamstring. A lot of our young guys will get opportunities now. Guys like Jake Fraser-McGurk ($42k BAT) and Mackenzie Harvey ($51k BAT) will get a chance.”
Imad Wasim ($143k BAT/BWL) missed the game due to the WA’s border closure rules, having been in New Zealand in the past fortnight, but Klinger said he’d play their next game on Tuesday against Adelaide.
Klinger said: “Imad Wasim has flown to Adelaide so he’ll be straight back in.”
He also provided an update on the expected departure date of Mohammad Nabi ($139k BAT/BWL), who was one of three BBL players called into Afghanistan’s squad for three upcoming ODIs against Ireland from January 18-23.
Klinger said: “We’re just waiting to see the dates for that. He’s been picked in that squad. He’ll be going at some stage, it depends on the dates which haven’t been confirmed yet.”
The Scorchers confirmed on Saturday that Ashton Agar ($102k BAT/BWL) would miss the remainder of BBL|10 with a calf injury.
WACA Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager Nick Jones said: “This injury will require a more extended period of rehabilitation and we hope Ash will be ready to return to play in approximately one month’s time.”
Returning to the Afghan trio, Nabi was selected along with Rashid Khan ($210k BWL) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($168k BWL). As Klinger mentioned, the departure dates are to be confirmed, although there’s an unofficial expectation they’ll fly out around January 9.
Zahir Khan ($85k BWL) and Noor Ahmad ($72k BWL) were not selected, so remain available for the entirety of BBL|10.
Haris Rauf ($213k BWL) is only a few days away from linking up with the Melbourne Stars squad as he’s been playing some T20s with the Pakistan Shaheens against various New Zealand sides across the ditch.
Rauf’s performances across four games have been OK, with figures of 1-18 (3), 2-36 (4), 0-24 (2) and 0-44 (4). There’s one more game on Tuesday before he’s expected to fly to Australia on Wednesday or Thursday.
Round 7 starts with a double-header from 4:05pm AEDT, so don’t get caught out. We’ll also get the squads for Tuesday’s Gades-Strikers game in Adelaide.