BBL 2018-19: One probable stand-out player from each franchise

BBL 2018-19: One probable stand-out player from each franchise

Each player sees these T20 leagues as an opportunity to perform well so that they can come in good books of the selectors.

Jos Buttler of England
Jos Buttler of England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Big Bash League (BBL) is back again with a revamped structure in 2018-19. BBL 08 will witness more games where each team is set to play 14 games, up from 10 games each that was played in BBL 07.  The 59-game extravaganza will run for nearly two months starting from December 19 until February 17.

Eight teams will feature in BBL 08: Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers, and Sydney Thunders. Each of the teams is allowed to have an 18-member squad with 2 of them being overseas players. Each player sees these T20 leagues as an opportunity to perform well so that they can come in the good books of the selectors.

Over the years, the Big Bash League in Australia has seen plenty of outstanding players turning out for the different teams and leaving a mark with their performances. This season is no different. Australian T20 league, this year also, will witness certain players who will entertain the viewers with their game and make the tournament their own.

Let’s have a look at a probable stand-out player from each of these eight franchises based on their recent performances.

Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers)

Rashid Khan Adelaide Strikers
Rashid Khan of the Adelaide Strikers celebrates after dismissing Ben Rohrer. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The young Afghanistan cricketer is one of the most wanted T20 players across the leagues with every franchise wanting to have him. Rashid Khan’s unorthodox spin bowling is known worldwide with even the best batsmen in the world finding him hard to tackle. The all-rounder, apart from taking wickets at a low economy rate, is a very handy lower middle order batsman using the long handle to good effect.

The 20-year-old leggie will be the trump card for the defending champions this year as well in BBL 08. The leg-spinner claimed 18 wickets at 13.83 last season, conceding just 5.65 runs per over and his performance was the main reason behind Strikers’ successful campaign in BBL 07.

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