BBL - Heat v Strikers
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Rashid Khan of the Strikers celebrates taking the wicket of Mujeeb Ur Rahman of the Heat during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers at The Gabba, on January 12, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
BBL - Heat v Strikers

The inaugural BBL draft is in the books, with all eight teams taking three players to bolster their squads ahead of the 12th edition of the tournament.

The biggest surprise of the night regarded five platinum players - Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Jason Roy - not being taken.

Liam Livingstone was taken with the first pick of the night by the Melbourne Renegades, before the Melbourne Stars tried their luck on Rashid Khan, only to have him retained by the Adelaide Strikers.

The Stars then turned their attention to New Zealand quick Trent Boult.

Sam Billings will change clubs to the Brisbane Heat, while English quick Chris Jordan was taken in the first round by the Sydney Sixers where he will return to the club.

Intriguigly, the Perth Scorchers opted to pass with their pick in the first round, before David Willey and Shadab Khan went to the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat respectively.

Availability was a key theme of the draft and no remaining platinum players would be taken in the second round, with some familiar Big Bash League faces - Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Melbourne Renegades), Joe Clarke (Melbourne Stars), Colin Munro (Brisbane Heat), James Vince (Sydney Sixers), Laurie Evans (Perth Scorchers) and Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder) set to turn out.

The other two picks out of the second round were Asif Ali for the Hurricanes and Colin de Grandhomme for the Adelaide Strikers.

The Hurricanes are the only country to pick three players from the same country, taking another Pakistani in Faheem Ashraf with their third and final pick.

Phil Salt (Perth Scorchers) and Tymal Mills (England) are the other previous BBL players to return to the competition.

Picks by club

Adelaide Strikers
Pick 1: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Pick 2: Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)
Pick 3: Adam Hose (England)

Brisbane Heat
Pick 1: Sam Billings (England)
Pick 2: Colin Munro (New Zealand)
Pick 3: Ross Whiteley (England)

Hobart Hurricanes
Pick 1: Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
Pick 2: Asif Ali (Pakistan)
Pick 3: Faheem Ashraf (Hobart Hurricanes)

Melbourne Renegades
Pick 1: Liam Livingstone (England)
Pick 2: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)
Pick 3: Akeal Hosein (West Indies)

Melbourne Stars
Pick 1: Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Pick 2: Joe Clarke (Melbourne Stars)
Pick 3: Luke Wood (England)

Perth Scorchers
Pick 1: Laurie Evans (England)
Pick 2: Phil Salt (England)
Pick 3: Tymal Mills (England)

Sydney Sixers
Pick 1: Chris Jordan (England)
Pick 2: James Vince (England)
Pick 3: Izharulhaq Naveed (Afghanistan)

Sydney Thunder
Pick 1: David Willey (England)
Pick 2: Alex Hales (England)
Pick 3: Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)

Picks by round

Round 1
1. Melbourne Renegades - Liam Livingstone (England)
2. Melbourne Stars - Rashid Khan (retained by Strikers). Switched to Trent Boult (New Zealand)
3. Brisbane Heat - Sam Billings (England)
4. Sydney Sixers - Chris Jordan (England)
5. Adelaide Strikers - Retention pick - Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
6. Perth Scorchers - Pass
7. Sydney Thunder - David Willey (England)
8. Hobart Hurricanes - Shadab Khan (Pakistan)

Round 2
9. Melbourne Renegades - Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Melbourne Renegades)
10. Melbourne Stars - Joe Clarke (Melbourne Stars)
11. Brisbane Heat - Colin Munro (New Zealand)
12. Sydney Sixers - Laurie Evans (retained by Scorchers). Switched to James Vince (England)
13. Adelaide Strikers - Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)
14. Perth Scorchers - Retention pick - Laurie Evans (England)
15. Sydney Thunder - Alex Hales (England)
16. Hobart Hurricanes - Asif Ali (Pakistan)

Round 3
17. Hobart Hurricanes - Faheem Ashraf (Hobart Hurricanes)
18. Sydney Thunder - Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)
19. Perth Scorchers - Phil Salt (England)
20. Adelaide Strikers - Adam Hose (England)
21. Sydney Sixers - Pass
22. Brisbane Heat - Pass
23. Melbourne Stars - Luke Wood (England)
24. Melbourne Renegades - Pass

Round 4
25. Melbourne Renegades - Akeal Hosein
26. Melbourne Stars - Pass
27. Brisbane Heat - Ross Whiteley (England)
28. Sydney Sixers - yet to be selected
29. Adelaide Strikers - Pass
30. Perth Scorchers - Izharulhaq Naveed (Afghanistan)
31. Sydney Thunder - Pass
32. Hobart Hurricanes - Tymal Mills (England)