SC BBL brings in 5 trades, Wade ruled out, Meredith named, Hurricanes add replacements, Behrendorff update
SuperCoach BBL brings in five trades per round amid the COVID chaos, Matthew Wade is ruled out for the first game in the Hobart Hurricanes double and the Perth Scorchers provided an update on Jason Behrendorff.
The SuperCoach BBL crew confirmed a big change to the game for the remaining rounds, with five trades available to coaches for each round, up from three.
They explained: “We understand this has been a KFC SuperCoach BBL season like no other due to fixture uncertainty and player changes. With some fixtures still to be rearranged and Covid impacting squads, we have increased the number of trades to five for rounds 10-13.
“It will be up to coaches to use their five trades each round to deal with fixture/player issues. Thanks for your understanding. Should any other changes be required we will advise as soon as possible.”
The Hobart Hurricanes named a 14-man squad to play the Brisbane Heat on Saturday at the Gabba, with Matthew Wade ($84k BAT/WKP) out for the first game in their double.
The Canes update said: “Matthew Wade is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons, with Pete Handscomb to take over the captaincy for tomorrow’s match.”
Hobart coach Adam Griffith added: “He’s OK. It’s just something he’s working through at the moment. We don’t really have a timeline just yet. We’re hopeful to have him back for the back-end of the tournament.”
Harry Brook ($72k BAT) and Jordan Thompson ($81k BAT/BWL) are both still unavailable having been close contacts with confirmed positive case Josh Kann ($42k BAT/BWL), although both imports have since tested negative.
The Canes have also added fast bowling duo Gabe Bell ($42k BWL) and Will Sanders ($42k BWL), with doubt around Riley Meredith ($140k BWL) who has been named.
On Meredith, Griffith added: “He did everything he needed to at training. It was a case of caution. If we were in the contest, we could’ve kept him going… Just a little rib thing, it’s something he’s had over the last 6-12 months.”
Bell has played 28 first class games taking 99 wickets but has only played once in the domestic one-day competition. Sanders is based in Brisbane and has taken the second most wickets in Queensland Premier Cricket this season, with 29 dismissals in 15 games.
The Heat hadn’t provided their squad at the time of writing.
Hurricanes: Bell, David, Handscomb (c), Jewell, Lamichhane, Lammonby, McDermott, Meredith, Owen, Parker, Rogers, Sanders, Short, Wright
The Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Thunder are due to meet at 6:05pm AEDT on Saturday at Marvel Stadium.
James Pattinson ($73k BWL) has been “managed” by the Renegades who explained: “Pattinson will be managed, after being subbed out of Thursday’s win against the Brisbane Heat.”
Sam Billings ($140k WKP/BAT) and Saqib Mahmood ($149k BWL) have played their final game for the Thunder and have returned to England ahead of the T20I series against the West Indies, while Muhammad Hasnain ($140k BWL) returns to the squad along with Tanveer Sangha, Sam Whiteman and Alex Ross.
On Hasnain, Thunder captain Chris Green said: “Hasnain couldn’t play in Queensland because of border restrictions but we saw what he’s capable of when he took three wickets in the first over of his debut for us. He’s a great replacement for Saqib.”
Renegades: Evans, Finch, Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harvey, Zahir, Lalor, Maddinson (c), Marsh, Merlo, Nabi, Richardson, Seymour, Sutherland
Thunder: Cook, Cutting, Davies, Doggett, Gilkes, Green, Hales, Hasnain, Holt, McAndrew, Nair, Ross, Sams, Sandhu, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Tremain, Whiteman
Jason Behrendorff ($125k BWL) has missed the past two Perth Scorchers game but coach Adam Voges clarified he was not injured.
Voges told 7Cricket: “It’s a sheer rest. We had the luxury of having Ty Mills come back in tonight so we thought we’d give him one more game off.”