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Boult, Shadab and Russell among BBL draft platinum players

Faf du Plessis, Chris Jordan, Rashid Khan and Liam Livingstone also included in the first round

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
22-Aug-2022
Andre Russell muscles the ball away, Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, BBL 202-21, Sydney Showground Stadium, December 12, 2021

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Trent Boult, Shadab Khan, Andre Russell and Jason Roy are among the headline names confirmed as platinum players for the BBL overseas draft.
There are 12 platinum players overall, featuring a mixture of names who had already been announced and a significant group confirmed on Monday after the registration process closed the previous evening.
The full list of platinum players, who will be paid AU$340,000 (US $233,853 approx.) regardless of how many games they are available for, reads: Faf du Plessis, Roy, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Kieron Pollard, Russell, David Willey, Shadab, Dwayne Bravo, Rashid Khan, Chris Jordan, and Boult.
Of the above list, Billings (Sydney Thunder), Russell (Melbourne Stars), Shadab (Sydney Sixers), Jordan (Sydney Sixers) and Rashid (Adelaide Strikers) are available for retention by the clubs they played for last season.
Of the platinum names, only Willey and Shadab are not, as yet, involved in either the South Africa league or ILT20 of the UAE. Those heading to the new tournaments will likely be available for the BBL until late December, but exact details are still being confirmed.
Shadab is part of a large group of Pakistani players to be included in the final draft list, which has 279 names overall.
There had been doubts as to whether the PCB would issue NOCs to any of their players for the BBL or other domestic T20 leagues in the early-2023 window because of a host of domestic and international fixtures - England and New Zealand are visiting between December and February, and the PSL starts in mid-February - but more than 40 players are involved.
That includes Mohammad Amir, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, but none of the multi-format stars such as Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
From the last group of names confirmed, Boult is among the most significant, having recently stepped away from his New Zealand central contract. Even though his availability will be limited, his wicket-taking skill with the new ball and at the death, along with his left-arm angle, will likely make him sought after in the first round of the draft where only platinum players are available, although a club does not have to select one.
Rashid is one player almost certain to be retained, with Strikers expected to utilise their option should another club try to grab him. Given his recent form, Stars could well look at keeping hold of Russell.
Overall, there are 26 players eligible for retention, which also includes James Vince (Sixers), Alex Hales (Thunder) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat), who are likely to be in the gold category. Players can decide which band to nominate themselves in.
Daniel Worrall, who now plays county cricket for Surrey, has nominated himself for the draft as he is now considered an overseas player.

Full draft list

(player availability TBC)
Afghanistan
Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad, Ijaz Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rehman Akbar, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Usman Ghani, Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Waqarullah Ishaq, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Nangeyalia Kharote, Izharulhaq Naveed, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Waqar Salamkheil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Naveen Ul Haq Murid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ghamai Zadra, Hazratullah Zazai
Bangladesh
Al-amin Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Ripon Mondol
Canada
Subash Khakurel, Kairav Sharma
England
Colin Ackermann, Rehan Ahmed, Kashif Ali, Tom Alsop, Martin Andersson, Gus Atkinson, Josh Baker, Sonny Baker, Jake Ball, Jacob Bethell, James Bracey, Henry Brookes, Patrick Brown, Brydon Carse, Matthew Carter, Jordan Clark, Joe Clarke, Josh Cobb, Ian Cockbain, Jordan Cox, Mason Crane, Matt Critchley, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Brett D'oliveira, Jacobus Leus Du Plooy, Stephen Eskinazi, Laurie Evans, Matt Fisher, James Fuller, George Garton, Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain, Alex Hales, Miles Hammond, Tom Hartley, Jack Haynes, Freddie Heldreich, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Max Holden, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Danny Lamb, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leaning, Jake Lintott, Liam Livingstone, Lewis McManus, Ben Mike, Tymal Mills, Daniel Mousley, Steven Mullaney, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Callum Parkinson, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Michael Pepper, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ben Raine, Adam Rossington, George Scrimshaw, John Simpson, Prem Sisodiya, Nathan Sowter, Mitchell Stanley, Cameron Steel, Olly Stone, Callum Taylor, Jack Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Reece Topley, Liam Trevaskis, James Vince, Paul Walter, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, Chris Wood, Luke Wood, Saif Zaib, Tom Abell, Tom Banton, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Luc Benkenstein, Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Solomon Budinger, Tom Curran, Joey Evison, Luke Fletcher, Ben Geddes, Nicholas Gubbins, Haseeb Hameed, Chris Jordan, Tom Lawes, David Lloyd, Adam Lyth, Wayne Madsen, Tom Moores, Daniel Moriarty, Samit Patel, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Darren Stevens, David Willey, Daniel Worrall, Rob Yates
Ireland
Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delaney, Josh Little, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector,
Namibia
David Wiese
Nepal
Sandeep Lamichhane
New Zealand
Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mitch McClenaghan, Colin Munro, James Neesham
Netherlands
Bas De Leede, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Maxwell O'Dowd, Vikramajit Singh, Timm Van Der Gugten, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren, Tobias Visse, Shariz Ahmad
Oman
Bilal Khan
Pakistan
Bilal Khan, Tayyab Abbas, Asif Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Faisal Akram, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Salman Fayyaz, Zafar Gohar, Muhammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris, Dilbar Hussain, Muhammad Imran Jnr, Salman Irshad, Usman Khalid, Azam Khan, Junaid Khan, Maaz Khan, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmad Daniyal Latif, Syed Faridoun Mahmood, Shan Masood, Usama Mir, Muhammad Salman Mirza, Saad Naseem, Usman Qadir, Momin Qamar, Rumman Raees, Mamoon Ur Riaz, Wahab Riaz, Ali Majid Shah, Usman Shinwari, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Zahid, Zeeshan Zameer, Muhammad Zeeshan
PNG
Norman Vanua
Scotland
Michael Jones, George Munsey, Mark Watt
South Africa
Shane Dadswell, Marchant De Lange, Francois Du Plessis, Pieter Malan, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka
Dinesh Chandimal, Dushan Hemantha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Maheesh Theekshana
UAE
Vriitya Aravind, Alishan Sharafu
USA
Harmeet Singh Baddhan, Unmukt Chand, Andries Gous, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Saurabh Netravalkar, Monank Patel, Smit Patel
West Indies
Chris Benjamin, Joshua Bishop, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Rivaldo Clarke, Sheldon Cottrell, Amrit Dass, Mark Deyal, Dominic Drakes, Fidel Edwards, Matthew Forde, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Joshua James, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Jeavor Royal, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Tion Webster, Kesrick Williams, Nyeem Young
Zimbabwe
Ryan Burl, Eddie Byrom, Elton Chigumbura, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Muyeye, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo