SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 20: Kieron Pollard (R) of the Strikers celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Gayle of the Thunder during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers at ANZ Stadium on December 20, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Big Bash League's inaugural international draft has been created with the intention of attracting the best cricketing talent from across the world to Australia for the summer of cricket.

Thus far, South African great Faf Du Plessis headlines those in the first wave of nominations for the draft.

The news has only gotten better for Big Bash fans with three megastars of the game set to play come summertime.

According to, these include the likes of Afghan legend Rashid Khan, ex-West Indian captain Kieron Pollard and fellow West Indian showman Dwayne Bravo.

Altogether, the trio have scored 20,065 runs and taken 1371 wickets across their 1,476 matches.

According to Strikers' head coach Jason Gillespie, the Adelaide-based side is willing to do "everything in (their) power" to keep the spinner.

Fan-favourite Rashid has played 61 games so far for the Strikers and has so far snagged 92 wickets.

Should he be selected, the gun leg-spinner will be looking to become the first overseas bowler to collect 100 wickets in the BBL.

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Like Rashid, Pollard and Bravo have both played in the BBL before, having made their last appearances in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

They are both free to go to any club that picks them up.

Pollard currently stands as the most experienced T20 player of all time having played 598 matches across 18 teams.

He also is the third highest run-scorer of all time with 11,670 runs, averaging 31.20 and striking at 151.

The all-rounder has so far played for both the Strikers and the Renegades in the BBL but looks likely to find a new home this summer.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Bravo holds the record for the most T20 titles in history with 16.

His most notable achievement, however, is the fact that he has accumulated the most wickets in history with 596.

Dwayne Bravo during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Both of the Trinidadians are retired from international duties and so should be available for the entirety of BBL|12.

The two of them are coming off successful T20 blast seasons where Pollard helped his Sussex side to a quarter-final spot whilst Bravo collected nine wickets for Worcestershire.

Also playing for Sussex, Rashid took eight wickets in six games in an interrupted but relatively good season.

The BBL's Player Acquisition and Cricket Consultant, Terry Woodhill shared his excitement about the news declaring that "To receive nominations from players such as Rashid Khan, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo demonstrates the attention on the BBL in the global marketplace thanks to the draft."

Public BBL|12 draft nominations so far

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan, Qais Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Waqarullah Ishaq, Izharulhaq Naveed, Naveen-ul-haq Murid, Hazratullah Zazai

Namibia: David Wiese

New ZealandColin Munro, Todd Astle

South AfricaFaf du Plessis, Marchant de Lange, Rilee Rossouw

West IndiesDwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair, Tion Webster, Nyeem Young