Harry Brook withdraws from the BBL

Harry Brook withdraws from the BBL

The BBL has suffered a blow with the withdrawal of English star Harry Brook from the tournament due to his increased international commitments having been Melbourne Stars’ second choice in the overseas draft.

Stars had picked Brook knowing he would not be available for the final part of the tournament due to England’s Test tour of India, but he was later added to England’s T20I and ODI squads for the white-ball tour of the Caribbean in December.

They expected him to be available for seven games between those two games, but Brook withdrew from the tournament due to workload.

“Naturally, we are disappointed that Harry has retired from the BBL, but we understand his decision considering his increased workload,” Melbourne Stars general manager Blair Crouch said.

“Given that Harry would miss the first three matches, the club had already signed a replacement player for that period.

“The coaching staff and roster management team are currently discussing options for the remainder of the tournament and we look forward to announcing those signings once they have been finalized.”

It is the second year in a row that one of the top two picks in the overseas draft has withdrawn from the tournament after Liam Livingstone withdrew last year after being the Melbourne Renegades’ first pick in the inaugural overseas draft.

The Stars won’t be the only team affected by that series – Perth Scorchers pick Zak Crawley has been added to England’s ODI squad, while Sydney Sixers pick Rehan Ahmed is in the ODI and T20I squads and the tour It will take place from December 4 to 21. He is also likely to be in England’s Test squad for India in January.

The BBL starts on December 7 and ends on January 24.