Platinum Players List for the inaugural overseas draft of WBBL Announced

The Weber’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has revealed the list of players elevated to the exclusive Platinum Players List for the inaugural overseas draft of WBBL.

Platinum Players List for the inaugural overseas draft of WBBL Announced. PC: Getty
Platinum Players List for the inaugural overseas draft of WBBL Announced. PC: Getty

As many as 25 International stars have been chosen to be on the Platinum list for the draft. These 25 players are from overseas countries like England (7), New Zealand (2), India (5), South Africa (6), Sri Lanka (1), West Indies (3), and Pakistan (1).

This season, an overseas draft has been introduced in the WBBL for the first time. Earlier, WBBL had revealed the 4 grades the overseas players will be put into. The players in the Platinum grade will earn AUD$110,000 (₹58,76,385).

International stars like Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine, Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Mathews, Nida Dar, Heather Knight, Jemimah Rodrigues, Danni Wyatt, and many more have been listed as platinum players.

Following is the list of players elevated to the platinum list, along with the team that can retain them – 

Name

Country

Can be Retained by

Laura Wolvaardt

South Africa

Adelaide Strikers

Deandra Dottin

West Indies

Adelaide Strikers

Stefanie Taylor

West Indies

Adelaide Strikers

Amelia Kerr

New Zealand

Brisbane Heats

Pooja Vastrakar

India

Brisbane Heats

Danni Wyatt

England

Brisbane Heats

Issy Wong

England

Hobart Hurricanes

Chamari Athapaththu

Sri Lanka

Melbourne Renegades

Shabnim Ismail

South Africa

Melbourne Renegades

Harmanpreet Kaur

India

Melbourne Renegades

Hayley Matthews

West Indies

Melbourne Renegades

Alice Capsey

England

Melbourne Stars

Jemimah Rodrigues

India

Melbourne Stars

Sophie Devine

New Zealand

Perth Scorchers

Marizanne Kapp

South Africa

Perth Scorchers

Heather Knight

England

Sydney Thunder

Chloe Tryon

South Africa

Sydney Thunder

Lauren Bell

England

None

Tazmin Brits

South Africa

None

Nida Dar

Pakistan

None

Sarah Glenn

England

None

Richa Ghosh

India

None

Kate Cross

England

None

Nonkululeko Mlaba

South Africa

None

Deepti Sharma

India

None

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These 25 players will be the only players who can be picked in the first round of the draft, a few of these platinum players can be picked in the second round along with gold players.

A total of 17 players of these 25 can be retained by teams if they fulfill any of the following criteria:

1) Have been in a Big Bash team squad for a minimum of two seasons and haven’t been contracted to another team since

2) Have been in a Big Bash team squad the previous season

3) Was in a team squad last season but did not play in the starting 13 and have been approved by the Big Bash Technical Committee

4) Is otherwise approved by the Big Bash Technical Committee due to exceptional circumstances.

The overseas players draft will take place on 3rd September at 5:30 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (1:30 PM IST).

WBBL is scheduled to start on 19th October with 8 teams participating in it. The season opener will be played by Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars.

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