News

Jayasuriya and Chandimal hoping to turn Test form into BBL deals

The pair nominate for the BBL overseas draft alongside Theekshana, the Overton brothers and some familiar names in Lamichhane, Nabi and Mujeeb

Alex Malcolm
03-Aug-2022
Job done! Prabath Jayasuriya picked up his 12th wicket of the match to finish the game off, Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd Test, Galle, 4th day, July 11, 2022

Prabath Jayasuriya took 12 wickets on Test debut against Australia  •  Getty Images

Two Sri Lankan stars who dominated Australia in the recent Test in Galle have nominated to play in the BBL this upcoming season with Prabath Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal among the latest names to headline a host of new nominations for the upcoming overseas draft.
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.
Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Lammonby and Unmukt Chand have all joined the draft and could be retention picks having played last season.
South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir has nominated having signed to play for Melbourne Renegades in 2020-21 before he withdrew for personal reasons.
Englishmen Joe Denly and Dan Lawrence and West Indian Fidel Edwards are also included. Overall, players from 13 countries were added to the draft.
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
Afghanistan
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
Bangladesh
Al-amin Hossain, Shaiful Islam, Ripon Mondol
England
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
Ireland
Mark Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delaney, Josh Little, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector
Namibia
David Wiese
Nepal
Sandeep Lamichhane*
Netherlands
Colin Ackermann, Brandon Glover, Fred Klassen, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Pal Van Meekeren
New Zealand
Todd Astle, Colin Munro*
Scotland
Michael Jones, Mark Watt
South Africa
Chris Benjamin, Shane Dadswell, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Pieter Malan, Migael Pretorius, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas
Sri Lanka
Dinesh Chandimal, Prabath Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lakshan Sandakan, Maheesh Theekshana
UAE
Vriitya Aravind
USA
Harmeet Singh Baddhan, Unmukt Chand*, Ali Khan
West Indies
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
Zimbabwe
Eddie Byrom, Tawanda Muyeye, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikander Raza

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo