Big names worthy of crashing BBL party

Virat Kohli would be a huge drawcard in the Big Bash League.
Virat Kohli would be a huge drawcard in the Big Bash League.

AS THE Big Bash League heads towards an exciting conclusion, I thought it was worth looking at some of the players who are yet to play in the competition, but would bring some serious heat.

The addition of international players has been one of the elements that has driven the BBL's success, with the presence of stars like Jacques Kallis, Andrew Flintoff, Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen over the past few seasons adding immensely to the competition's appeal for fans and players alike.

The local players love the chance to play alongside guys, who have sometimes been their idols, while the internationals also enjoy the level of competition and take their performances very seriously.

So here are the top five international players I'd like to see play in the BBL.

My first choice is an easy one - Black Caps' swing bowling whiz Tim Southee would be outstanding in the BBL. We saw during the World Cup last year that he is a quality performer, and at 27, is at the peak of his career. Swinging the ball at pace, and with control, is an attribute every team would like to include in their squad.

South Africa's batting marvel AB de Villiers goes without saying. He is consistently in the top three batsmen in the world, and is probably the most inventive player going around. AB leads by example and is a class act on and off the field.

I've got two Indian players next, both batsmen, and both guys who would revel in the BBL.

Unfortunately the BCCI has essentially discouraged its players from turning out in T20 competitions around the world - other than the Indian Premier League - which is why no Indians have appeared in the BBL.

It's a stance I can understand from a commercial standpoint, but it's a shame Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are yet to play here.

Rohit has been a T20 trump since he was a precocious teenager, as his century in the opening ODI at the WACA this week showed. He would be a batting cornerstone for any BBL team.

Kohli is the pre-eminent Indian batsman and has shown that Australian conditions do not faze him. It might break the bank to get him, but it would be a heck of a season if a team pulled it off.

Last, but not least, is South African quick Morne Morkel. The tall 31-year-old paceman would be a handful, especially if he lobbed up at the Gabba or WACA with the Heat or Scorchers.

Bowls with pace and awkward bounce, and could be the difference between a winning and losing season if you got him for a full BBL campaign.

Hopefully we'll see some, if not all of these blokes turn out in a BBL team near you in the near future.

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