Sport

Players banned from BBL as Heat looks for internationals

THE decision by Pakistani Cricket officials to ban three of its star players from participating in the coming Big Bash League could make it difficult for the Brisbane Heat to sign its fourth and final international player.

Shahid Afridi, Saaed Ajmal and Umar Akmal were set to take part in the BBL tournament, due to start in Melbourne on December 7, but have instead been ordered home to prepare for Pakistan's coming tour of India.

Ajmal was due to play for the Adelaide Strikers, Afridi had agreed to terms with the Sydney Thunder and Akmal had signed with the Sydney Sixers.

The Heat has signed three of its allowable quota of internationals - West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori and South African quick Dale Steyn (for one game).

A spokesperson for the franchise yesterday said negotiations had been well progressed with a likely fourth candidate, but the Pakistani developments could make it hard to complete the deal.

"All of a sudden any available, uncontracted international players are of major interest," he said.

Should the Heat finish in the top two in the BBL, it would earn a place in next year's T20 Champions League final, meaning Steyn would be eligible to play despite the fact he will only suit up in the first game against Tasmania.

Brisbane also has one other position available in its 18-man roster.

The spot was due to be decided after yesterday's final round of the T20 Challenge, but the matches had to be postponed after Saturday's severe storms that swept through Brisbane inundated the pitch at Valleys in Ashgrove.

With the final roster of players due to submitted by November 30, Heat selectors, including coach Darren Lehmann, will name a player based on the two rounds of the competition played to date.

Some of those to stand out who are not already contracted include Steve Paulsen, Andrew Robinson and PNG batsman Asad Vala.

The third T20 Challenge match will be played on December 2 and a second player may be added from that to the Heat's six-man supplementary list which must be submitted by December 6.

Topics:  big bash league brisbane heat cricket pakistan cricket



Misty mornings strike eerie chord

MYSTICAL: Misty morning shot over Clarrie Hall Dam.

Behind the Lens with Tweed photographer Ryan Fowler

Tweed teen targets Tokyo

LOADED UP: Rachel Loder after her title win.

Tweed teen wins national boxing title

Aboriginal call for crackdown on climbing Mt Warning

The sacred aboriginal site of Wollumbin/Mt Warning

"The aboriginal community feels a great deal of responsibility"

Local Partners

Students foster bush tucker label

FORMER NRL legend Preston Campbell gives the thumbs up to Banora Point High indigenous students for creating a new bush tucker food label.


Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!