Stuart Broad signs contract with Hobart Hurricanes for BBL 2016-17 season- This season England fast bowling sensation Stuart Broad would be faced with an unfamiliar prospect of a cheering Australian crowd instead of a jeering one, as he has signed a contract with Hobart Hurricanes in the Australian Big Bash League 2016-17 for its sixth edition.
Broad might play the entire duration of the T20 league after his commitment with the English team ends with the fifth and final Test of the series against India which is slated to end on December 20 and Hurricanes’ first game begins on 23rd December.
Damien Wright, the chief coach of Hurricanes was all praise for the 30 year old pacer. He thinks that Broad’s knowledge of the game and experience will help them immensely and help improve their disappointing performance in BBL’s previous edition in which they finished seventh. He joins the pace attack of team which includes others like Shaun Tait, Jake Reed and Sam Rainbird.
Broad is the second overseas signing in the Hurricanes squad, along with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, who returns to the Apple Isle for another campaign.
This is seen as an attempt to come under the radar of England Cricket Board selectors for selection in the England ODI squad ahead of the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup. Broad, who is a mainstay in the English test team, played his last white ball match against South Africa in February this year. He has also not played a Twenty20 International since England’s humiliating defeat against Netherlands in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong. Broad has a remarkable record in the shorter version of the game, he has 178 ODI wickets and 65 wickets in 56 T20 matches to his name. BBL would be the perfect platform to showcase his talent and to show that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the shorter version of the game.
Whether this move to gain a spot in the English team for the abridged versions of the game, bear any fruit or not only time will tell.