Cricket Australia is in desperate search of star players for the BBL. The ailing league aims to sign record-breaking deals with their homegrown talents and overseas stars.
However, with the introduction of new Indian franchises-backed T20 leagues in South Africa and UAE, BBL is finding it hard to retain players like David Warner and Chris Lynn. They have openly expressed their interest in playing for the new leagues.
Meanwhile, another setback for the Australian league is in the form of Steve Smith, who is also likely to snub the upcoming BBL edition.
As per reports, Smith has turned down an offer from Sydney Sixers. He has previously played for the sixers in the 2011/12/2013/14 seasons. He has played 24 matches and amassed 619 runs.
On the other hand, David Warner, who had expressed his desire to play in UAE’s new league, is likely to sign a deal with BBL side Sydney Thunders.
There was a huge stir after Cricket Australia tried blocking Warner’s move by not issuing a NOC. The two parties have resolved their situation, and the southpaw would stay at the BBL for a record-breaking salary.
Chris Lynn, meanwhile, has been announced in the squad by Adani-backed Gulf Giants. However, the player is yet to receive the NOC.