Big Bash League (BBL) franchises are reportedly chasing the services of Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies’ World Twenty20 hero.
After his World T20 final heroics smashing four consecutive sixes to win the title for the West Indies against England, Brathwaite has become a coveted signing for the BBL 2016-17 season with three teams believed to be after him.
Currently on an IPL deal with the Delhi Daredevils worth BDS$1.2 million, the all-rounder is arguably the hottest property in Twenty20 cricket right now. The Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes are two of the teams keenly pursuing the 27-year-old, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Hurricanes are keen to snare Brathwaite as a bowling all-rounder replacement for fellow West Indian Darren Sammy. “We made contact with him (Brathwaite) before the World Cup,” Michael Roberts, Hurricanes recruitment officer, told The Daily Telegraph today. “There’s a fair bit of interest in him now not just in Big Bash but world cricket. The ball is in his court now. We’re waiting for him to come back with further discussions.”
“You need these internationals to come in and really embrace what Big Bash is about without the ego … from what I’ve heard about Carlos, he’s the perfect Big Bash model player,” Roberts added.
Having never played in the BBL, Brathwaite has publicly declared his desire to play in Australia’s burgeoning Twenty20 competition. “That’s also a dream,” Brathwaite told The Daily Telegraph in the aftermath of the World T20. “I’m available. Whatever opportunities arise, I’m available.”
The West Indies are not scheduled to play international cricket during next season’s BBL, which runs from mid-December through January.