Sydney Sixers, the franchise team in the Big Bash League (BBL), have roped in young spin sensation Lloyd Pope for the upcoming edition of the BBL.
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old leg spinner often known as the next Shane Warne in Australia attracted eyeballs in the U19 World Cup. Pope bagged a remarkable 8 for 35 as Australia successfully defended a total of 127 against rivals England in the quarterfinal. More recently, he became the youngest to claim seven wickets haul in a Sheffield Shield game when he claimed 7 for 87 for South Australia against Queensland.
However, it was likely that Adelaide Stars will sign Lloyd Pope; however, they let him go considering that they already have a strong spin unit. Despite missing out Pope, Strikers have Afghanistan star Rashid Khan – the world’s top-ranked T20 bowler. The 25-year-old Liam O’Connor, who played in last season’s final against Hobart Hurricanes.
“With spin an increasing weapon in T20, we have decided to bolster our options in this area and Lloyd has provided excellent results in his short career so far,” Sixers coach Greg Shipperd said. “I commend the SA supportive approach to our plan to sign Lloyd and trust that we will provide a suitable environment for his and our team progression,” he added.
Lloyd Pope has joined fellow Redbacks leg-spinner Adam Zampa – who plays for Melbourne Stars – in moving away from Adelaide for the BBL.
Sydney Sixers will open their BBL 2018-19 campaign against Perth Scorchers on December 22.