BBL 2020-21: Bairstow and Smith among others withdraw their names from 'Rich-cash League'

BBL Season 10: Big Bash League (BBL 2020-21) is about to begin on Thursday in which the first match is all set to be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on December 10.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 09, 2020 17:32 IST
BBL 2020-21: Bairstow and Smith among others withdraw their names from 'Rich-cash League'
BBL 10: Some players withdrew their names from the League

BBL 10: The 10th season of the KFC Big Bash League (BBL 2020-21) is about to begin on Thursday in which the first match is all set to be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers (HBH vs SYS) at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on December 10. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a quite few big names like Bairstow and Smith among others withdraw their names from the 'Rich-cash League' despite first being approved. Take a look at some of those players who have withdrawn their names from BBL 2020-21 as stated below.

Big Bash League is a domestic competition, not a part of the ICC's Future Tour Programs (FTP). Australia will host the tournament of Big Bash League 2020-21, kick-start from December 10. to know more in details, click here

Now, according to the newly implemented rules, each team can feed only three overseas players in the lineup. The best players of the world have appeared in this tournament every year. But, this year already insists interruption to the international cricket fixtures from March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With such restrictions, many a player has withdrawn their names from the upcoming season of BBL. Some due to bio-bubble and some due to international commitments.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith for Sydney Sixers

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England's top-order batsman Jonny Bairstow is the first name in the list of players who have withdrawn from BBL 2020-21. Bairstow plays for the Melbourne Stars but has withdrawn his name due to international commitments. England's youngster Tom Banton has withdrawn his name from the upcoming season of the Big Bash League due to some personal reasons.

Jonny Bairstow for Melbourne Stars
Jonny Bairstow for Melbourne Stars

Another Englishman all-rounder Tom Curran has also withdrawn from the BBL 10 due to the tiredness during air-bubble in Sydney. Curran was a part of the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL 2020).

Australian star player Steve Smith has also withdrawn his name from the tournament refers to the bio bubble fatigue. Smith is part of the Sydney Sixers team in BBL. Smith, however, led his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR). He is currently playing a three-match ODI, T20, and four-match Test series against India.