Ross Whiteley playing for Worcesterhsire Rapids against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley last summer.
The 2017 instalment of the Bangladesh Premier league is under way and there are a few England players, some more household names than others to keep an eye on.
England limited overs regulars Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett are both there. Of course there are many who would have had at least one of the Yorkshire duo in their Ashes Squad.
Joe Denly and Sam Hain are amongst some of the other England qualified players to be participating in the tournament. Denly has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance in English county cricket though an international recall still seems rather unlikely. Hain has long been touted as an international prospect but some underwhelming domestic campaigns have left him well down the pecking order.
It’s Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley who could benefit most from the exposure however. I was at the match against Yorkshire where he took spinner Karl Carver to the cleaners. Truth be told it was a ridiculously short boundary but Whiteley, despite a modest career record, possesses a fearsome reputation for clearing the ropes. Even if he doesn’t regularly make massive scores, if his twenties and thirties are scored at 200% plus then he can be of real value to his side. A good showing for Sylhet Sixers in the BPL could earn him gigs in the Pakistan Super League or Big Bash. Come the end of a long Ashes tour and five-match ODI series, there’s some T20Is in the shape of the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series that involves New Zealand as well as England and Australia. If he can pull the trigger to effect on the global franchise scene then left-hand-bat Whiteley could be in with a realistic shout of winning a T20I cap.
Bye: We provided Hong Kong cricket with a little promotion in a previous addition of Extras…
… and now England speed merchant Tymal Mills is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.
Leg Bye: We provided Pakistan cricket with a little promotion (Because it needs it, it’s not like cricket is already big in Pakistan!) in a previous addition of Extras…
… and now England ‘speed merchant’ Steven Finn is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.
No Ball: Liam Livingstone for England anybody?
… or at least in your Telegraph fantasy team. Watch out for my article in April on who, why and how to pick a successful team!
P.S. Despite LLs 50, we lost the T20I against Zimbabwe in Boston, USA by nine wickets with none of our bowlers able to strike. Our solitary wicket was a run out.
Wide: Duckett delivers!
It’s back to back wins for England’s Test side after victory in Sharjah. With Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings rested, Ben Duckett made the most (Well, made something) of the opportunity to bat in his recognised position by scoring exactly 50. Duckett put on 47 for the first wicket with debutant Daniel Bell-Drummond, who made 8. Jake Ball recorded match figures of 12-62 as UAE were bowled out for just 61 in their first innings and courtesy of some generous bowling changes, a more respectable 163 in their second. Adil Rashid batted as well as anybody for England in recent times when making 59 batting at six in England’s second innings. Rashid shared a last wicket stand of 48 with a determined Jack Leach before Ball led England to a 175-run victory.
The 2nd edition of the Pakistan Super League commences on 5th February…
Silly Point takes a look at the English brigade that will be turning out for the five franchises:
Billings will look to further enhance his reputation on the franchise stage and help cement his England place. Duckett will aim to put his spin pains behind him after a difficult winter in India.
A resurgent Chris Jordan joins England skipper Eoin Morgan at Peshawar Zalmi. Samit Patel will fly in as cover for Bangladesh bat Tamim Iqbal (International commitments) come the latter stages of the tournament.
England’s Mr Consistency at the top of their limited overs teams will be the sole Anglo representative in Lahore.
The forgotten man of English cricket, Bopara is vastly experienced on the franchise circuit and will surely be a useful member of the Karachi Kings party.
T20 franchise brothers Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright will turn out for the Quetta Gladiators for a second year, after recently representing their loyal Big Bash side, Melbourne Stars. Left-arm duo Tymal Mills and David Willey will help form a strong English quota in Quetta.