Big Bash League (BBL) clubs will be able to field three overseas players in their playing XI for the first time this season with the introduction of an additional squad position.
“The introduction of a third overseas player slot is a major milestone in the evolution of Big Bash League and a fitting way to celebrate the League’s tenth season,” said Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues.
The move follows this week’s news that the ICC’s number one ranked T20I batter, bowler and all-rounder have all signed for BBL clubs.
Dawid Malan has joined the Hobart Hurricanes, while Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades respectively.
The introduction of an additional squad position will increase squad sizes to 19 players for the 10th edition of BBL and ensure a greater investment in top talent by the League and clubs than ever before.
The funds to sign an additional overseas player will be drawn from the Player Payment Pool and a significant additional investment from Cricket Australia. As such, all player retainers for an additional overseas player will sit outside the existing salary cap.
“Now we’ve given our clubs the license to bring even more of these overseas stars to Australia. The BBL is Australia’s highest-rating sporting league and these players, alongside our best local talent, will ensure the 10th season of BBL is once again must-watch prime time entertainment this summer,” Dobson added.
The arrival of all overseas players in Australia is subject to Australian Border Force travel approval.