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In the past seasons of the Big Bash League, Pakistani players have always participated but this time around, it is a little bit different as BBL franchises are on a hunt for big Pakistani guns, including Babar Azam, to set BBL 12 on a blaze.
In the recent past, we have seen Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Yasir Shah playing their major role in making their teams victorious in BBL matches.
Is it possible for Pakistani Players to play in BBL?
This seems to be the question that is making everyone suspicious of the participation of Pakistani players in BBL season 12. Pakistan’s FTP 2018-23 has already made an impact on Pakistan’s league schedule as PSL might get preponed due to Pakistan’s tour of Afghanistan.
Apart from that, Pakistan is set to host England and New Zealand in late November and early December and has said that the Big Bash league is set to start on 13th December, with the draft scheduled on the 28th of August.
PCB’s Policy and Player rotation setup
With PCB’s strict policy regarding centrally contracted players participating in any league around the world, it looks highly doubtful that players like Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be seen in BBL colours, especially for this year.
Pakistan cricket board would also not love to allow its players as their fitness and rotation are the first and foremost thing for the cricket governing body in the country.
From the Australian Fan’s Corner
The hype was already created when Aaron Finch, on his tour of Pakistan, said, ‘We would like to sign him tomorrow’, He made this statement on Babar Azam’s chances of playing in the Big Bash league. When things went official from the Big Bash official account, the response was overwhelming, and the fans were eager to see worlds number one and two playing together.
What to expect from the officials?
As Australia recently toured Pakistan with full strength squad and was welcomed gleefully by the Pakistani nation as well as the officials. We could have expected a return of the deed as PCB and Cricket Australia share candid relations. But it all comes down to Pakistan’s tough schedule coming ahead of them this winter as they face challenges from England and New Zealand at home to stay in contention for the WTC final in May at the Lords.