BBL: The Most Expensive Players in Big Bash League History

The Big Bash League auctions have seen franchises splurge big money on star players. Here’s a look at the costliest buys in BBL history including Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, and Rashid Khan.

The Big Bash League (BBL) has become one of the top T20 cricket leagues globally. It attracts fans with fast-paced matches, lively entertainment, and star players. Franchises want the strongest teams, so they spend big on players at BBL auctions. This article reviews the most expensive BBL players ever.

D’Arcy Short – Hobart Hurricanes, 2018-19 Season, AUD 900,000

In 2018-19, D’Arcy Short made headlines as the costliest BBL player ever. The Hobart Hurricanes acquired the talented left-hand batsman for AUD 900,000. Short had already proven his explosive batting in the BBL. His ability to attack bowlers with powerful strokes made him extremely valuable. The Hurricanes’ substantial investment in Short paid off, as he continued delivering match-winning performances, demonstrating the importance of aggressive batsmen in T20 cricket.

Ben McDermott – Hobart Hurricanes, 2018-19 Season, AUD 420,000

In the same auction where D’Arcy Short set a record, his Hobart Hurricanes teammate Ben McDermott also fetched a high price of AUD 420,000. This reflects their desire for a potent batting unit. McDermott’s skill at anchoring the innings and accelerating when required greatly benefitted the Hurricanes. Their faith in him was evident through this spend.

Glenn Maxwell – Melbourne Stars, 2013-14 Season, AUD 1 Million

Australian player Glenn Maxwell is hugely popular in T20 leagues globally. BBL franchises have also coveted him, with Melbourne Stars acquiring him for AUD 1 million in 2013-14 – the first-ever BBL player to command that price. Maxwell, renowned for his flamboyant batting and handy off-spin, was instrumental for the Stars. His ability to change games with bat and ball demonstrated the value of versatile players in T20 cricket.

Daniel Sams – Sydney Thunder, 2020-21 Season, AUD 320,000

In 2020-21, Sydney Thunder made a big splash by buying all-rounder Daniel Sams for AUD 320,000. Sams became one of the costliest players that season due to his batting power and bowling skill. His aggressive left-arm pace and hard-hitting lower-order batting were huge assets. Thunder’s investment in Sams paid dividends as he was integral to their title win.

Chris Lynn – Brisbane Heat, 2014-15 Season, AUD 125,000

Chris Lynn, nicknamed “Lynnsanity,” has always excelled in the BBL. His explosive batting makes him a fan favorite. In 2014-15, Brisbane Heat acquired him for AUD 125,000 – making him among the highest-paid then. Lynn’s boundary-hitting ability and quickfire starts were invaluable for the Heat. He continued starring for them in subsequent seasons.

Jofra Archer – Hobart Hurricanes, 2017-18 Season, AUD 1 Million

In 2017-18, BBL franchises took notice of English fast bowler Jofra Archer. Hobart Hurricanes signed him for AUD 1 million – deploying his searing pace and wicket-taking ability. Archer’s BBL displays made him globally famous, exemplifying the league’s power to attract elite international stars.

David Malan – Hobart Hurricanes, 2020-21 Season, AUD 129,000

England’s top-ranked T20I batsman David Malan entered the BBL in 2020-21. Hobart Hurricanes acquired him for a relatively modest AUD 129,000. Malan’s assured batting made him difficult to dismiss, boosting the Hurricanes lineup. He performed admirably, demonstrating BBL’s popularity in attracting quality international players.

Rashid Khan – Adelaide Strikers, 2017-18 Season, AUD 1.4 Million

Afghanistan’s ace spinner Rashid Khan has made a massive impact in T20 leagues. His BBL influence has been equally substantial. In 2017-18, Adelaide Strikers signed him for a record AUD 1.4 million for an overseas BBL player. Rashid’s guile and wicket-taking ability significantly bolstered the Strikers’ bowling. His performances were instrumental to their title win, underlining the value of quality spinners in T20 cricket.