Sams ruled out, Fletcher & BBL stars set to exit for Abu Dhabi T10 League

Daniel Sams’ scans have revealed bad news while Andre Fletcher confirmed he’s been cleared of an arm injury to play on Wednesday but will depart for a rival league soon potentially along with a few other BBL players.


The Melbourne Stars and Renegades both confirmed their squads on Wednesday morning for Wednesday’s derby.

The Renegades named a 17-man squad with Noor Ahmad ($47k BWL) and Rilee Rossouw ($104k BAT) both dropping out with season-ending injuries, opening the door to new players.

In a statement, the Gades said: “The Renegades will be without Noor Ahmad, who has suffered a side strain and will miss the remainder of the tournament, while Rilee Rossouw has had a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and will also be sidelined for the remainder of the BBL.”

Renegades squad: Finch, Couch, Evans, Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harvey, Hatzoglou, Holland, Marsh, Lalor, Perry, Prestwidge, Richardson, Stepien, Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Webster

Nathan Coulter-Nile ($203k BWL) returns from a calf injury for the Stars, while they’ve added James Seymour ($ TBC – BAT) as a replacement player for Haris Rauf ($142k BWL) who has left on Pakistan duty.

Seymour is an in-form batsman from Victorian Premier Cricket for Essendon and he’s also played for the Victorian Futures League. He made 110* from 97 against a Victorian XI last week.

Andre Fletcher ($64k BAT/WKP) confirmed he would be OK to play on Wednesday after an X-ray on the arm struck in Sunday’s derby.

Fletcher said: “It’s pretty good, to be honest. I got hit on it last game. I went for an X-ray yesterday and no fracture so it’s good for me and my team.”

However, ‘the Spiceman’ revealed he’s only got two more games left for the Stars before he jets out to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 League which starts on January 28.

Fletcher said: “I have two more games left. I’m leaving on the 24th to go over to Abu Dhabi. It’ll be great to win those next two games to leave on a high.”

Stars squad: Maxwell, Cartwright, Coulter-Nile, Elliott, Fletcher, Gotch, Hatcher, Zahir Khan, Larkin, Maddinson, Rainbird, Seymour, Stanlake, Stoinis, Zampa


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On the T10 League, Fletcher isn’t the only BBL player heading to Abu Dhabi for the competition, with departed duo Ben Dunk ($68k WKP/BAT) and Colin Ingram ($96k BAT) set to join clubs.

As well, Alex Hales ($154k BAT) has been picked as a wildcard by Team Abu Dhabi but the Thunder confirmed he will only join if his BBL commitments are over by then.

Likewise Thunder’s Sam Billings ($180k WKP/BAT) who is also attached to a franchise. Phil Salt ($114k BAT) and Noor Ahmad ($47k BWL) are also listed with franchises.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($205k BWL) has been drafted as a wildcard too but he’s already in the UAE on Afghanistan duty and wasn’t expected back in BBL|10.

Plenty of SuperCoaches have been stressing on the fitness of Daniel Sams ($205k BAT/BWL) who suffered a hand/wrist injury in Monday’s loss to the Hurricanes.

The Thunder confirmed he’d undergone scans on Tuesday before revealing on Wednesday afternoon that the injury would rule him out of three games minimum.

Thunder’s physiotherapist Murray Ryan said: “Daniel fell awkwardly onto his right hand and wrist while fielding off his own bowling. Scans completed yesterday have indicated a bone and ligament injury that has been reviewed by a hand specialist.

“Dan has subsequently been ruled out of the final three Thunder round games. His timeline for a return to play will be determined by medical staff following these games.”

It looks like Ben Dwarshuis ($147k BWL) is set to return for the Sydney Sixers when they play the Thunder on Friday night.

The Sixers said in a statement: “The left-armer is fit again after a groin strain saw him miss the side’s last three games.”


Round 11 commences with the Stars-Renegades game. We’ll learn their squads in the morning and likely learn the squads in the afternoon for Thursday’s Strikers-Heat game.

Finally there was no confirmation of the release of Australia’s Test players to BBL clubs following the conclusion of play at the Gabba. We’ll be awaiting news on that on Wednesday.

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