England white-ball superstars like Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy could well be a part of the Big Bash League in Australia later this year pending their international commitments.
After Dawid Malan confirmed that he was looking for a BBL deal, the swashbuckling opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have also expressed their desire to join the T20 league Down Under.
With England’s white-ball tour of South Africa in the upcoming winter in jeopardy due to Covid-19 related issues, the ‘Three Lions’ cricketers could be available for a major chunk of the BBL this year. Apart from the trio, Alex Hales is also expected to get a new deal with Sydney Thunder while tearaway quick Jofra Archer could well return to his Hobart Hurricanes franchise.
“There has been some contact with one of the clubs. That’s still ongoing at the moment so hopefully we can finish and finalise that soon and hopefully that can get announced. I don’t know if I’m allowed yet [to say which club], so I’ll sit on the fence with that one.” Dawid Malan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
‘Want to expose players to more white-ball cricket’- Eoin Morgan on England players joining the BBL
Last week England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan had talked about the team-management intends to expose players to white-ball cricket around the world in a bid to accelerate their growth in the format and how BBL is an ideal platform to do so.
“The IPL is going ahead, and we have a long tour to India which actually frees up guys to play a full Big Bash and then potentially put their case forward to be selected in an IPL in the new year. So, trying to expose them to a lot more white-ball cricket can accelerate their development as opposed to just sitting at home, not playing anything, and wondering about what next summer will look like for us.” Eoin Morgan had said.
Meanwhile, the BBL saw its fourth-ever trade with Billy Stanlake and Daniel Worrall swapping clubs between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars respectively. Stanlake had a poor outing last year as he managed juts 4 wickets at an average of 74.5. Daniel Worrall, on the other hand, claimed 8 wickets in 14 games for the Stars.
“It’s pleasing to see Billy sign for us, and we look forward to seeing him in action. We’re well underway in a number of our squad discussions, particularly as far as our international players go and we’ll be in a position to make announcements soon,” Nick Cummins said.