New Zealand’s Trent Boult, a brilliant fast bowler and freak in the field, is among 12 international stars categorised as ‘platinum players’ after the launch of the inaugural Big Bash League draft on Monday.
Boult, one of 12 players who can earn $340,000 each in the 2022-23 BBL season, was recently released from his central contract with New Zealand Cricket, with the 78-Test quick signing a casual deal to buy himself greater freedom to play in global T20 leagues.
The dangerous left-armer is joined by England’s Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, David Willey and Chris Jordan; South Africa’s Faf de Plessis; West Indians Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell; Pakistan’s Shadab Khan; and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan on the platinum tier.
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The platinum players were among a list of 279 potential draftees unveiled at the launch of the overseas draft on Monday, along with West Indian Carlos Braithwaite, New Zealander Jimmy Neesham, Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz and several other gun cricketers.
They’ve joined other new and returning players previously announced as draft nominees, including England’s Alex Hales and New Zealand’s Colin Munro.
Cricket Australia introduced a four-tiered draft system in a bid to revive its ailing product.
Anyone nominated in the gold category can earn $260,000, silver $175,000 and bronze $100,000.
A host of international players are expected to commit to the first half of the BBL, beginning on December 13, then leave for the new UAE tournament set to start on January 6, where players can make up to $700,000.
Australian players in attendance at Monday’s draft launch included Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell, Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey, Perth Scorchers quick Andrew Tye and Hobart Hurricanes fast bowler Riley Meredith.
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