Imran Tahir and Prabath Jayasuriya enter draft in Big Bash spin influx | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Big party League franchises looking to bolster their rotational offense will be spoiled for choice after South Africa Imran Tahirfrom Sri Lanka Prabath Jayasuriya and Afghan Mujeeb Ur Rahman entered the draft squad on Wednesday.
Tournament regular Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal and Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka have also joined the overseas pool, which currently has 169 players from 15 countries.
Tahir, 43, has been a familiar face in Twenty20 leagues around the world, while Mujeeb has represented Brisbane Heart.
Like Mujeeb, fellow Afghans Mohammad Nabi and Zahir Khan will be eligible for retention after both playing for the Melbourne Renegades last season.
Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Jayasuriya hopes to attract failed franchises Australia with 12 wickets on his Galle debut last month.
Jayasuriya has 29 wickets from three Tests, although the 30-year-old is yet to play a Twenty20 International.
The Overton brothers from England, Jamie and Craig, were also nominated.
The Pakistani players were absent from the pool, with website ESPNcricinfo reporting that the country’s cricket board would not allow them to play.
Nominations close August 21 and the draft will take place August 28.

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