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Cricket Australia: Final list of 332 nominees from 20 countries confirmed for KFC BBL|12 Draft

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A final list of 332 nominees from 20 countries has been confirmed for Sunday’s KFC BBL|12 Draft, to be broadcast live and exclusive on Fox Cricket.

The list, which includes the final 54 nominations received shortly before the August 21 deadline, is available here.

Headlining the new nominees is New Zealand great Ross Taylor, England Test opener Zak Crawley and current Pakistan players Abdullah Shafique, Yasir Shah and Imam Ul Haq.

A total of 28 players will be eligible for retention by their Clubs from last season, while 12 players will be eligible for selection in the opening round after being awarded Platinum status by the League on Monday.

Presiding over their selection, and that of all players who have nominated Australia as a destination of choice this summer, will be Fox Cricket’s expert commentary team.

Kath Loughnan will host the KFC BBL|12 Draft, alongside Australian cricket legends Mike Hussey and Darren Lehmann.

In the Draft HQ room, Mark Howard will guide the Clubs through the four rounds of selections, while also gauging live reactions from each club’s recruitment panel on the Draft floor.

Fox Cricket’s Draft broadcast will be available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports following Australia’s Dettol ODI Series clash with Zimbabwe in Townsville.

Mike Hussey, Australian cricket great and Fox Cricket commentator, said:

“It should be a fascinating Draft but a very important one in giving teams the best chance of success in this edition of the BBL.

“With the calibre of players in this year’s international Draft combined with some of the Aussie test players joining the back end of BBL season, it is set to be one of the biggest yet.”

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager, Big Bash Leagues, said:

“Sunday night’s KFC BBL|12 Draft is the first must-see event of the Big Bash summer.

“We love the hype, anticipation and speculation the Draft has created throughout the winter months. Now it is over to our Clubs to build their lists from a selection of the best players in the world.

“We encourage all fans of the Big Bash to tune in to Fox Cricket, follow on social and share their thoughts throughout the evening.”

Tickets are now on sale for all Weber WBBL|08 and KFC BBL|12 games. Information is available on the Big Bash website

Fans are also encouraged to stay up to date with the latest information on the KFC BBL|12 season including tickets, memberships and the Draft via our Australian Cricket Family. Not already an ACF member? Sign up here.

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