Narine, Roach and Pollard join BBL
Sunil Narine has signed for the Sydney Sixers, Kemar Roach will play for the Brisbane Heat and Kieron Pollard will turn out for the Adelaide Strikers in this summer's Big Bash League. The West Indian trio signed on the final day of the initial contracting period, as all eight teams were required to submit lists of at least 14 players by Friday afternoon.
However, Cricket Australia granted an extension to the Sydney Thunder, who were unable to finalise two signings by the 5pm deadline and have been given more time to push their numbers up to 14. Teams have until the end of November to top up their squad to 18 players and the Perth Scorchers remain the only side to have named a full 18-man group already.
In other deals on Friday the Sydney Sixers signed Brett Lee, Steven Smith, Dominic Thornely and Ian Moran; the Brisbane Heat signed Peter Forrest and Cameron Gannon; and Darren Pattinson joined the Melbourne Renegades. But the big movements surrounded the three West Indians, with Narine's signature a major boost for the Sixers after he was the Player of the Tournament in the IPL this year.
"Sunil is a huge win for us as well and will bring another level of excitement to the team that we know Sixers fans will enjoy," Stuart Clark, the Sixers general manager, said.
Pollard will return to Adelaide after playing for South Australia in the Big Bash in 2009-10 and 2010-11. He was to be part of the Strikers squad last summer but was ruled out due to injury, and this year he will join the captain Johan Botha as the two overseas players this season.
"Coming back to Adelaide has always been on my mind," Pollard said. "It's always been a great set-up for me as a cricketer. Last year was obviously frustrating for me so I definitely feel I have some business to take care of. I still know a lot of the guys which is pleasing, and there are some quality players in the line-up.
"I see Taity [Shaun Tait] is back and that's good news for us. I enjoy what he brings to a side, so I am definitely looking forward to catching up with him again. Having Johan Botha there to captain the side is going to bring some fresh ideas for sure as he is an experienced leader as well as a quality cricketer, and senior players like Maxy Klinger and Andrew McDonald give a lot of strength to the line-up."
Roach will be part of the BBL for the first time and the Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann said he was expected to be available for five or six matches.
"We are super excited to come to terms with Kemar Roach for BBL02," Lehmann said. "He's a great young bloke and while he is still learning the T20 side of things, he's done well at Test and ODI level and has those raw ingredients of pace and aggression that you want in a fast bowler.
"I think he will be a great addition to the Heat playing list and will give certainly the fans in Brisbane something to talk about when he comes along for the series. All going to plan he will play around five or six games which we expect him to make an impact in."
Roach is one of ten overseas players to have been signed already, with the Melbourne Renegades, the Melbourne Stars, the Hobart Hurricanes, the Sydney Sixers and the Sydney Thunder all able to sign another one or two internationals.
Despite having played a Test for England, Pattinson does not count as an overseas player for the Renegades because he lives in Australia and has not played for England in more than four years. He said he was looking forward to a cross-town rivalry with his younger brother James, who is part of the Stars squad.
"We've played together a few times but that'd be the first time playing against him," Pattinson said. "There have been plenty of battles in the back yard but playing him at Etihad Stadium would be great. I fancy bowling against him but not facing him."
The squads so far
Adelaide Strikers Theo Doropoulos, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Andrew McDonald, Michael Neser, Gary Putland, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, James Smith, Shaun Tait. Overseas players: Johan Botha (capt), Kieron Pollard.
Brisbane Heat Joe Burns, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Luke Pomersbach, Shane Watson. Overseas players: Kemar Roach, Daniel Vettori.
Hobart Hurricanes George Bailey, Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Michael Hogan, Jason Krejza, Ben Laughlin, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting, Timm van der Gugten, Jon Wells. Overseas players: Owais Shah.
Melbourne Renegades Meyrick Buchanan, Tom Cooper, Aaron Finch, Daniel Harris, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, James Muirhead, Peter Nevill, Aaron O'Brien, Darren Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Rohrer, Will Sheridan. Overseas players: Muttiah Muralitharan.
Melbourne Stars Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Clive Rose, Matthew Wade, Cameron White. Overseas players: Luke Wright.
Perth Scorchers (complete) Ashton Agar, Tim Armstrong, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Ben Edmondson, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Marcus North (capt), Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges. Overseas players: Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel.
Sydney Sixers Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Josh Lalor, Brett Lee, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Steve O'Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, Overseas players: Sunil Narine.
Sydney Thunder Sean Abbott, Cameron Borgas, Ryan Carters, Mark Cosgrove, Adam Coyte, Scott Coyte, Luke Doran, Jason Floros, Rhett Lockyear, Dirk Nannes, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain.