AB de Villiers retired from international cricket last year and he decided to play in various t20 leagues. ABD has part of the Indian Premier league, Pakistan Super League, Mzansi Super League and Bangladesh primer league. Earlier ABD decided to play in the BBL 2019/20. But now he pulls back his interest to play in the upcoming season of BBL. Because he has a commitment with the Bangladesh Primer league, at the same time BBL will take place. So he decided to take part in the Bangladesh primer league over Big Bash league. ABD has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian premier league.
Also, Andre Russell has played in Bangladesh primer league, not in the Big Bash league.
Recently BBL has increased its overseas player limit for the teams for the upcoming season of BBL. In the last editions BBL, only four overseas players are allowed to include in the squad. But now six overseas players will join the squad and two will play the match.
About this decision CA’s head of events and leagues, Anthony Everard said,
“Something we’ve really been focusing on irrespective of the Australian team going to India, we’re buoyed by some conversations that some of the clubs are having and it’s been reported some of the big names potentially coming out. The success of the BBL has always been predicated on a combination of marketable overseas players, some young up and coming stars and the foundation of the Australian domestic players.”
“At the conclusion of each season, we take the time to review what’s working well and where we can make positive changes to the game and the fan experience. We’ve considered feedback from our fans and worked with relevant stakeholders of the game to implement changes that will continue to improve the competition in 2019/20.” Everard added.