BBL|11 international calendar clashes & likely player availability

Every BBL season, international fixtures cause chaos with player availability especially the imports so Honeyball has got in early to list out the likely clashes for the season running December 5 to January 28.

Australia

International Commitments

December 8-January 18 – Ashes (five Test matches) v England in Australia

December 9-12 – Australia A v England Lions tour match

January 30-February 9 – 3 ODIs, 1 T20I v New Zealand in Australia

The Test squad will be unavailable for most of the BBL, while ODI players may be unavailable in finals, depending on Cricket Australia’s stance. In terms of the Test squad, there’s a few players on the fringe such as Matthew Wade, Michael Neser, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Sean Abbott and Mitch Swepson. Sheffield Shield form may dictate. The scheduled four-day Australia A tour match will likely make several BBL players unavailable early too, so that’s one to monitor.

England

Contracted BBL players: James Vince (in last ODI squad), Tom Curran (in last T20I squad), Sam Billings (cover in Test squad, in ODI/T20I squad v SL), Alex Hales (not played for England since 2019), Tom Banton (in last T20I squad), Ben Duckett (in last ODI squad)

Possible players: Liam Livingstone (in last T20I squad), Jason Roy (in last T20I squad), Dawid Malan (current Test squad, in last T20I squad), Phil Salt (in last ODI squad), Jonny Bairstow (current Test squad, in last T20I squad), Will Jacks (in last ODI squad), Jake Ball (in last ODI & T20I squad), Lewis Gregory (in last ODI & T20I squad), Danny Briggs (in last ODI squad), Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence (current Test squad, in last ODI squad), Benny Howell, Joe Clarke, Harry Brook, Blake Cullen, Ravi Bopara

International Commitments

December 8-January 18 – Ashes (five Test matches) v Australia in Australia

January 28-March 28 – 5 T20Is, 3 Tests v West Indies in West Indies

The Test squad will basically be unavailable for the whole BBL due to the Ashes, while white-ball players may fly out late in the season for the Caribbean. There’s a load of relevant English players in the mix to be part of that Test squad, with Malan, Billings and Lawrence right on the fringes. The good news is anyone not in the English Test squad will have no commitments all BBL, which bodes well for Vince, Curran, Livingstone, Roy, Banton and Duckett.

West Indies

Contracted BBL players: Carlos Brathwaite (not played for West Indies since 2019)

Possible players: Jason Holder (in last Test & ODI squad), Nicholas Pooran (in last ODI squad v Aus & T20I squad v SA), Chris Gayle (in last T20I squad), Keemo Paul, Andre Fletcher

International Commitments

December – 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs v Pakistan in UAE/Pakistan

January 28-March 28 – 5 T20Is, 3 Tests v England in West Indies

The West Indies have a white-ball series vaguely scheduled in December against Pakistan in the Future Tour Programs. That series would likely preclude several limited-overs stars from playing the first half of BBL, including Stars BBL|10 recruit Pooran.

New Zealand

Contracted BBL players: None

Possible players: Adam Milne (current T20I squad), Colin Munro (not played for NZ since 2020)

International Commitments

November/December – 2 Tests, 3 T20Is v India in India

December 17-January 8 – 3 T20Is, 2 Tests v Bangladesh in New Zealand

January 30-February 9 – 3 ODIs, 1 T20I v Australia in Australia

As a southern hemisphere side, the Black Caps have a busy summer, clashing with the BBL throughout. Milne’s inclusion as cover for their T20 World Cup squad is worth noting. Scorchers BBL|10 import Munro should be available.

Pakistan

Contracted BBL players: None

Possible players: Imad Wasim (in last T20I squad), Haris Rauf (cover in last Test squad, in last T20I squad), Dilbar Hussain (never played for Pakistan), Sarfaraz Ahmed (in last Test & T20I squad), Mohammad Hafeez (in last T20I squad)

International Commitments

November 19-December 8 – 3 T20Is, 2 Tests v Bangladesh in Bangladesh

December – 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs v West Indies in UAE/Pakistan

Pakistan have confirmed their tour in Bangladesh that ends on December 8 which, with 14-day quarantine requirements, will rule any players involved out of BBL for most of the first half of the season. The white-ball series against the West Indies is in the schedule too.

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South Africa

Contracted BBL players: None

Possible players: Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Colin Ingram

International Commitments

December/January – 3 T20Is, 3 Tests v India in South Africa

South African national team players typically don’t play BBL due to schedule clashes but there’s numerous big-name retired players who could be available to clubs led by du Plessis and Tahir who are currently participating in the Caribbean Premier League. They may also play in South Africa’s T20 Mzansi Super League but that schedule is unclear at this point. Dale Steyn recently retired from all formats.

Sri Lanka

Contracted BBL players: None

Possible players: Wanindu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews

International Commitments

December – 2 Tests v Sri Lanka in Bangladesh

Lasith Malinga’s retirement from T20 franchise cricket in January means there’s not any genuine Sri Lankan options for BBL clubs, although at this stage the national team has a clear schedule, with LPLT20 (Sri Lanka’s BBL) finishing up on December 12. Sri Lanka are also due to play Australia in five T20Is in February, so you never know, some may want to come early.

Bangladesh

Contracted BBL players: None

Possible players: Shakib Al Hasan

International Commitments

November 19-December 8 – 3 T20Is, 2 Tests v Pakistan in Bangladesh

December 17-January 8 – 3 T20Is, 2 Tests v New Zealand in New Zealand

December – 2 Tests v Sri Lanka in Bangladesh

You never quite know whether Bangladesh tours will go ahead but they have a packed schedule on paper, for now. It’s unlikely any of their players will get BBL deals anyway.

Afghanistan

Contracted BBL players: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (contracted with Brisbane Heat)

Possible players: Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, Mohammad Nabi, Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq

International Commitments

November 27-December 1 – Test match v Australia in Hobart

The newly formed Afghan Taliban government’s stance on women’s cricket means Cricket Australia are likely to cancel this one-off Test match. The match may have ensured the BBL’s Afghan cohort would be in Australia before the tournament, but otherwise they have no official commitments on the schedule.

Nepal

Contracted BBL players: Sandeep Lamichhane

International Commitments

None

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