How the club is shaping up for Big Bash League 2020-21 – Brisbane Heat
With the player contracting window for the Big Bash League 2020-21 clubs set to open in the coming weeks, we’ve laid out all the specifics of who your team has under lock and key and who might be exploring the open market.
Big Bash League 2019-20 result: Seventh
Big Bash League 2020-21 squad so far: Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (Eng), Joe Burns, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin, Jimmy Peirson
Big Bash League 2019-20 squad members off contract: Cameron Gannon, AB de Villiers (SA), Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Heazlett, James Pattinson, Zahir Khan (Afg), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Josh Lalor, Matthew Renshaw, Jack Prestwidge, Mitch Swepson, Mark Steketee
Some off-season soul search was in order for perennial underachievers Brisbane Heat, who were all sizzle and no snag in Big Bash League 2019-20 once again.
Whether the Brisbane Heat will re-engage AB de Villiers would be a major Big Bash League storyline but it can not be predicted that the South African, who had a solid though not exceptional initial campaign, will be the panacea of the club.
Chris Lynn wins games off his own bat and the young Englishman Tom Banton who signed on for next season proved he could do the same. But finding other batters to fire still is an ongoing issue, which could become more aggravated if Renshaw leaves the club as speculated.
Afghan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan were the last season’s two most economical bowlers of the Brisbane Heat; it would seem wise to re-sign one or both, or another overseas spinner in their moulds.
As would find some pace reinforcements provided that Ben Laughlin is still the only fast bowler on their list. Maintaining the services of the enigmatic Josh Lalor, who quietly had a solid campaign with the ball in Big Bash League 2019-20, should help.