Who are the winners and losers from the BBL|12 Draft

There were plenty of decisions to be made for all the BBL sides, but some did much better than others.

More than 300 players were up for grabs in the BBL|12 Draft, but with only 24 possible positions, there would always be winners and losers.


Melbourne Renegades

The Renegades needed to come out of this draft in a much better position than they entered, and they have. England's Liam Livingstone is one of the best players in the world and will likely open the innings with either Shaun Marsh or Aaron Finch moving down to number three.

Their pick of Afghan Mujeeb ur Rahman helps their prospects with the ball, which is just one of the areas they struggled with last season. On a low-turning Marvel Stadium, he will be critical.

Trinidadian Akeal Hosein is a great final pick; his performances recently for the West Indies have been great, with him leading their wicket-taking charts over the last two years. With the Marvel Stadium wicket spinning a long way, the three spinners of Livingstone, Mujeeb and Hosein will be important.

Hobart Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have gone all the way to Pakistan for their selections, and they have worked perfectly. Shadab Khan is an underrated bowler who can also hit later in the innings. The Hurricanes clearly trust their openers and are looking for big hitters down the order to compliment Tim David.

Asif Ali, along with Faheem Ashraf in rounds two and three, means that there will be plenty of purple shirts in Pakistan. Asif has a T20 strike rate of 147 which will continue the Hurricanes' ability to hit later in the innings.

Sydney Thunder

The Thunder decided not to go with England's Sam Billings, who they could have retained, and instead went with fellow Englishman David Willey in the first round. He doesn't provide the big name, but his 14-game availability is a massive plus, and his ability with bat and ball will be necessary for a weaker Thunder middle order.

Interestingly, England's Alex Hales got down to pick 15 before the Thunder decided to bring him back in. He has been incredibly strong at the top of the order for a long time, and his skills are phenomenal. Their final pick of South African Rilee Rossouw was a genius last pick and someone who is severely underrated.

Sydney Sixers

The Sixers have gone back to what they know best with England's Chris Jordan and James Vince as their first and second choices. Both players have been proven performers in the past, with Vince leading them into finals previously, and Jordan offering plenty in the death overs, along with being one of the best fielders in the world.

Their final pick was the young Afghanistan bowler Izharulhaq Naveed who has played just 10 T20 matches in the past. So far, he's averaged 18 with the ball with a best of 4/23. He may be a long-term prospect for the Sixers rather than someone who will play this year.


Cricket Australia

Plenty of money was pumped into the draft event and the platinum tier players. Liam Livingstone was the obvious choice at number one and the one that Cricket Australia had been pushing for the last couple of weeks.

That being said, the issue for Cricket Australia is all the chat of availability that every team brought up during the first round. The Scorchers were so against picking a player with less availability than they wanted that they passed on the first round altogether.

Not a single West Indian was selected in the first round, so there will be plenty of big-hitting excitement not on the show this time around. Cricket Australia will need to keep pumping money into the competition going forward. With the salary cap reportedly being doubled next year, they will be hoping money brings more extended availability.

Adelaide Strikers

The Jason Gillespie-led Adelaide Strikers love an interesting pick, and they got that with New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme in the second round. His availability was again touted as the main reason; however, with a T20I batting average of just 15, he could be a player who promises a lot but delivers little like England's George Garton last season.

Taking Afghan Rashid Khan as their number one was the obvious pick, with them having to retain him after the Stars went for the bid. He's an obvious choice, but the question remains, with Cameron Boyce, who took an incredible four wickets in four balls in the last Big Bash, was Rashid as needed?

Englishman Adam Hose was their final pick; he's a top-order batter who averages 32.50 and strikes at 150. He will be important before Travis Head, and Alex Carey come back into the side.

Perth Scorchers

As stated above, the Scorchers decided to pass on their first pick, perhaps a choice that came down to paying overs for Cameron Green in recent days. Retaining Laurie Evans is smart, he was excellent last year, and his availability is a massive plus. Not going for a platinum pick will make them not very popular with Cricket Australia or West Indian fans who would have loved to see Andre Russell in Australia.

Englishman Phil Salt is almost the same player as fellow countryman Laurie Evans, and did the Scorchers really need another keeper-batter? Phil Salt is someone who has dominated in the T20 Blast in the UK but is yet to show his skills on the world stage.

The Scorchers then kept their fast English bowler Tymal Mills with their last pick, a good selection but someone who will leave early for South Africa and someone who is also injury prone.

Melbourne Stars

The Stars originally wanted Rashid Khan with their first pick but had to move on to New Zealand's Trent Boult after the Strikers retained Khan. Boult is a good pick for a side that needed an experienced quick bowler. However, his inability to do anything with the bat could be an issue.

England's Joe Clarke, with their second pick, is just horrible. Not just for reasons that you can Google and look up around his treatment of women but for cricketing reasons, having only passed 15 runs once in The Hundred.

Englishman Luke Wood is a solid all-rounder as their final pick, coming from David Hussey's knowledge of having played with him.

Brisbane Heat

The Heat have gone for two very similar players with their first and second picks of the draft. England's Sam Billings and New Zealnd's Colin Munro both can keep, and both are big hitters who can bat anywhere in the order. The Heat have struggled with the ball recently and didn't look to bolster that in the first couple of rounds.

Englishman Ross Whiteley was their final pick in the draft, who, by the stats, doesn't offer great skills with bat or ball. He averages 45 with the ball and just 24 with the bat. He can hit big and bowl with good pace, so he certainly hits the Heat brand.