BBL signings don’t disappoint
The second edition of the Big Bash League this summer is set to be bigger and better than last time. The scheduling now includes each team playing all opponents both home and away at some stage of the fixture.
The assurance of the league’s future has now allowed franchises to sign players to long-term deals.
So far the player signing period has given us plenty to absorb, with numerous player moves to new franchises.
This is how each franchise has fared so far:
So far the Strikers have been one of the quietest in player signings. New additions for the upcoming season include former Test opener Phil Hughes and the “Wild Thing” Shaun Tait.
They have retained the services of former South African international Johan Botha, who will captain the South Australian sides in all formats this season.
The Heat have made one of the more interesting moves of the signing period by throwing a life line to Luke Pommersbach. They have also signed fast bowler Ben Cutting whilst they have made the key moves of re-signing Daniel Vettori, Dan Christian and Ryan Harris.
One of last season’s more successful teams have made some key acquisitions. They have added star duo Aiden Blizzard and Tim Paine, who is making his return from long-term injury this season. They have retained Oais Shah, big hitter Travis Birt and former Test off-spinner Jason Krejza.
One of last season’s under performers, the Renegades have lost some key players to cross town rivals the Stars. But in saying this they have signed gun limited overs bowler Nathan Rimmington along with arguably the biggest signing in the Big Bash, leading Test wicket taker of all time Muttiah Muralitharan.
Retaining the services of Aaron Finch has also been important for the Renegades who will look to have a vastly better season this summer.
The 2011/12 season runners up the Perth Scorchers have been big players during the signing window by acquiring many signatures. In a huge coup for the franchise they have signed teenage fast bowling sensation Pat Cummins along with fellow fast bowlers Joe Mennie and Jason Behrendorff.
They have also retained eight key players from last season including Brad Hogg, Herschelle Gibbs, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Shane Warne’s Melbourne Stars have only made a few signings, but those few are big names in Twenty20 cricket. They have poached crosstown rivals Melbourne Renegades’ best two top order batsman in Australian domestic cricket legend Brad Hodge and up and comer Glenn Maxwell.
So far the Sydney Thunder have not made any real big name signings, but they have retained some important role players including Luke Doran, Scott Coyte and Sean Abbott.
Last season’s eventual winners, the Sydney Sixers, are yet to make any announcements in regards to player signings.
There is still sure to be plenty of big announcements with each franchise looking to fill their 18-man squads that include a maximum of two international players.
Who do you think has been the most successful so far in regards to player signings, Roarers?