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BBL draft uncertainty leaves Greg Shipperd 'nervous' as he plans Sydney Sixers hat-trick quest


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The coach hopes to be able to bring James Vince back but does not expect to see much of the Australian players

Sydney Sixers coach Greg Shipperd is not in favour of the proposed BBL draft for overseas players and admitted the uncertainty over how it could work has added a layer of complexity to planning for next year’s competition where the club will aim for a hat-trick of titles.

Plans for a player draft were put on hold last year due to the pandemic but it is expected to be added to the tournament for this season although Shipperd, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Sixers on Thursday, said details were still thin on the ground.

The Sixers have Tom Curran locked in as part of a three-year deal (he sat out last season due the complexity of traveling during Covid-19) and they are hopeful of having James Vince return after he scored 537 runs at 38.35 in last season’s campaign.

“I know there’s been meetings going on…but there’s been no finality and no crystallisation of any position that I’m aware of at the moment,” Shipperd said. “We’re hanging on the edge trying to understand if there is a draft or not, whether there’s two or three international players, how many domestic players, any rule changes. All of those things are being juggled behind the scenes but none of them have consolidated to the point where we can start to strategise around that.

“My personal preference is to go out and source your players as we’ve done in the past, but I’m not sure if that position is universally held across other coaches or franchises. I like to fit the people I source to the people and combinations and personalities in our group and be really specific around that.



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