Last Update on: September 1st, 2023 at 10:52 am
West Indian middle order batter Nicholas Pooran and Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan have withdrawn from the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) draft. South African Dane van Niekerk has also pulled out of the WBBL season due to his thumb injury.
Nicholas Pooran decided to opt out of the BBL draft due to his commitments with the West Indies team. The Windies will face England in three ODIs and a five-match T20I series at home. Pooran was expected to join the team until the final before heading to the ILT20.
Mohammad Rizwan was set to make his debut in the BBL. However, the batter was ruled out of the tournament due to his commitments with Pakistan . The Babar Azam-led team will play a three-match Test series against Australia during the first month of the BBL.
Peter Siddle Set To Return To Melbourne Renegades
Former Australian pacer Peter Siddle will return to the Melbourne Renegades after his six-season stint with the Adelaide Striker. The right-arm pacer last represented the Renegades from 2013-15. Later, the right-arm pacer joined the Strikers and led the team in 27 matches in the BBL.
“We’ve made a concerted effort to add more experience to our playing list this off-season, so to welcome ‘Sidds’ back to the Renegades, alongside the additions of Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon is a fantastic result,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager James Rosengarten said.
“Sidds is well respected not just for his contributions with the ball over a long period of time, but for his leadership, tactical awareness and broader knowledge of players and the T20 landscape.
“He has plenty of existing relationships within our playing group and we know he will be an important contributor for us not only on the field but with all the other attributes he brings that help build successful teams.”