BBL information – Sam Billings picks Sydney Thunder forward of rival T20 leagues with three-year deal

England wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings has turn out to be the primary participant to signal for the BBL beneath the brand new multi-year contract possibility with a three-season deal for Sydney Thunder, committing to the competitors forward of rival T20 leagues within the UAE and South Africa.

The SA20 will once more considerably overlap with the BBL when it begins in early January, whereas the ILT20 begins earlier subsequent season so it creates a good higher conflict.

In return, beneath phrases of signing a three-year deal, a participant should decide to the whole BBL together with the finals from the 2025-26 season, however Billings has gone a step additional and also will be accessible all through subsequent season’s version.

“I really like Sydney and particularly Western Sydney and the possibility to return again to a household membership that’s so related to their members and followers and the individuals from the realm was too good a chance to disregard,” Billings stated.

“On the sphere we’re pulling collectively a very good squad and the possibility to work with such an completed coach as Trevor Bayliss once more was very interesting.

“The BBL is in such an ideal place as of late, it is effectively run, effectively supported and positively the very best match on the planet staged at the moment of the yr. That is why I’ve dedicated long run and to be right here proper till the tip of the match annually.”

Thunder completed backside in final season’s BBL with only one win in 10 matches so try to rebuild beneath new common supervisor Trent Copeland and former England coach Trevor Bayliss who not too long ago signed a one-year extension.

“The great thing about bringing a participant the calibre of Sam Billings to the membership isn’t just the elite skillset he brings to each side of the sport but in addition his management on and off the sphere,” Copeland stated.

Billings is the second Thunder signing confirmed in two days after the membership secured highly-rated younger batter Sam Konstas on a two-year deal. Konstas, 18, who made his New South Wales debut final season, was a part of Thunder’s squad final summer season however didn’t function earlier than heading to the Underneath-19 World Cup in South Africa the place he helped Australia to the title.

The WBBL has the identical multi-year contract mechanism with New Zealand allrounder Amelia Kerr the primary signed beneath the settlement as she moved to Sydney Sixers from Warmth.

Sydney Thunder BBL squad 2024-25: Wes Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Sam Billings, Oliver Davies, Matt Gilkes, Chris Inexperienced, Liam Hatcher, Sam Konstas, Nathan McAndrew, William Salzmann, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha

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