West Indies spinner Samuel Badree who was looking to play fourth edition of big bash league for Brisbane Heat, will not be a part of team as he is ruled out from the tournament due to shoulder injury. Former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has got the responsibility to lead Brisbane Heat in BBL|04.
At the initial stage of league Flintoff was not able to play the tournament due to league limitations. Only two international players at a team can represent a big bash team in the event. After Badree’s injury Freddie will play BBL 2014-15 full season for Brisbane Heat.
Andrew Blucher (Brisbane Heat General Manager) said, “It is very unfortunate for Samuel who was looking forward to playing in the BBL with us and would have been an exciting player to watch for our fans. We wish him a speedy and successful recovery. But the upside for the Heat is that we have come to terms with Andrew to play the full season for us which is a wonderful result. Andrew and Dan Vettori will be our international signings for BBL|04.”
“Dan is scheduled to link with the New Zealand side for their World Cup preparations at the back end of the season so we will look at our options then to see if there is an international player available to replace him. Stuart Law and Allan Border have a few thoughts and we have fielded some approaches from around the world so we will work through those to see what might be possible,” he added.
Brisbane Heat will face Sydney Thunder in their opening game of big bash on 21st December at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
Coach Stuart Law told News Corp, “It is a pretty clear case that we need a new-ball option, which we thought we had with Samuel. We are definitely now looking at Fred (Flintoff) playing in as many games as we can. The chances are he will now play 90 per cent of our games, if not all of them. I would say he will play in our opening game, he is certainly fit and ready to play.”