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Jayasuriya, Chandimal, Maheesh Theekshana and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have all nominated while England's Overton brothers, Jamie and Craig, have also put their names forward. None of those players have played in BBL before and Jayasuriya, having taken 29 wickets in his first three Tests, has never even played a T20I for Sri Lanka.
But there are still no Pakistan players amongst the 169 players currently nominated after it was revealed that the PCB is refusing refusing to provide no-objection certificates (NOCs) to Pakistani players - contracted or not contracted - who want to participate in the upcoming BBL season.
There are some familiar names that have nominated to return to the BBL including a host of Afghanistan stars. Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat) and Zahir Khan (Melbourne Renegades) have all nominated and are eligible to be retention picks having played in the BBL last season. Noor Ahmad has also nominated having played for Renegades two seasons ago but is not eligible to be a retention pick.
South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir has nominated having signed to play for Melbourne Renegades in 2020-21 before he withdrew for personal reasons.
Nominations close on August 21 with the event to be held on August 28. Players who have already nominated can change their availability status right up until the cut off. That leaves clubs with just seven days to finalise their draft strategy.
Nominated players (as of August 3, 2022):
* = eligible for retention
Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad*, Ijaz Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hamid Hassan, Waqarullah Ishaq, Rashid Khan*, Zahir Khan*, Mohamad Nabi*, Izharulhaq Naveed, Azmatullah Omarzai, Waqar Salamkheil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Naveen Ul Haq Murid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman*, Hazratullah Zazai
Al-amin Hossain, Shaiful Islam, Ripon Mondol
Rehan Ahmed, Kashif Ali, Tom Alsop, Martin Andersson, Gus Atkinson, Josh Baker, Sonny Baker, Jake Ball, Jacob Bethel, James Bracey, Danny Briggs, Henry Brookes, Patrick Brown, Brydon Carse, Matthew Carter, Jordan Clark, Joe Clarke*, Josh Cobb, Ian Cockbain*, Jordan Cox*, Mason Crane, Matt Critchley, Steven Croft, Liam Dawson, Alex Davies, 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*, Dan Lawrence, 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
Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delaney, Josh Little, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector
Colin Ackermann, Brandon Glover, Fred Klassen, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Pal Van Meekeren
Todd Astle, Colin Munro*
Michael Jones, Mark Watt
Chris Benjamin, Shane Dadswell, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Pieter Malan, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas
Dinesh Chandimal, Prabath Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lakshan Sandakan, Maheesh Theekshana
Harmeet Singh Baddhan, Unmukt Chand*, Ali Khan
Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Mark Deyal, Fidel Edwards, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Anderson Phillip, Kieron Pollard, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Tion Webster, Kesrick Williams, Nyeem Young
Eddie Byrom, Tawanda Muyeye, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikander Raza