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BBL: Jimmy Neesham signs with Hobart Hurricanes

"A lot of people say Tasmania is a bit like a mini NZ, so I'm looking forward to getting over there"

Jimmy Neesham, who is replacing Faheem Ashraf at Hurricanes, has been in fine form in the slog overs in T20 cricket in 2022  •  AFP/Getty Images

Jimmy Neesham, who is replacing Faheem Ashraf at Hurricanes, has been in fine form in the slog overs in T20 cricket in 2022  •  AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand allrounder Jimmy Neesham is set for his Big Bash League (BBL) debut after having signed with Hobart Hurricanes as a replacement player for Pakistan allrounder Faheem Ashraf who is set to be part of Pakistan's Test series against England and New Zealand.
In September earlier this year, Neesham had turned down a New Zealand central contract, committing to various T20 tournaments. Like Neesham, Trent Boult had also stepped away from his national contract to play T20 tournaments around the world, with Martin Guptill recently joining them as a T20 freelancer. A day after being released from his New Zealand contract, Guptill was announced as a replacement player for Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming BBL season. Boult (Melbourne Stars) and Colin de Grandhomme (Adelaide Strikers), who had recently retired from international cricket to pursue T20 opportunities, will also be in action in the BBL.
Neesham brings with him rich T20 experience, having already played in the IPL and CPL, and recent form. He has struck at almost 185 at the death (between overs 17 and 20) in T20 cricket this year.
"I'm really excited to be involved with the Big Bash for the first time this year," Neesham said.
"I've heard great things about the Hurricanes set up, and the list this year looks incredibly strong, so to be able to play even a small part in what I hope will be a successful tournament for the franchise is a really great opportunity for me.
"A lot of people say Tasmania is a bit like a mini New Zealand, so I'm looking forward to getting over there, meeting the guys, and playing the role that is asked of me for the team."
The BBL, which will run from December 13 to February 4, will clash with the Super Smash, New Zealand domestic T20 competition, and the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL).