Australia (Cricket Network/Sydney Sixers)- The Sydney Sixers have added another massive piece to their KFC BBL title defence with the signing of West Indies Test captain Jason Holder on a three-game deal.
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Holder, who is currently in New Zealand preparing to lead the West Indies in a two-match Test series, will join the Sixers in Hobart later this month.
The 29-year-old superstar all-rounder will be available for the Sixers for their December 20 clash with the Adelaide Strikers in Hobart, before moving to the Gold Coast with the men in magenta for a December 26 fixture against the Melbourne Stars and the December 29 matchup with the Melbourne Renegades.
The small opening in his international schedule and a yearning to test himself in the summer’s premier T20 tournament was enough to lure the 201cm Barbadian to the Sixers.
“I’m really excited to be coming to the BBL and in particular the Sydney Sixers,” Holder said.
“I’ve wanted to for a few years now and this year I have the opportunity to come in and make some appearances and hopefully do a bit for the Sixers.”
Holder said he had watched the strength of the BBL from a distance in the past and fondly remembers playing with Sixers skipper Moises Henriques for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL in 2014 and 2015.
“BBL cricket is an interest for me and the Sixers have been successful over the past few years. Moises and I played together at Sunrisers and I really enjoyed that. It will be good to do it again.”
Henriques will play his first game in magenta this summer in the December 20 match against the Strikers following a return from ODI and Australia A duties.
The Sixers now have four international stars on their roster for BBL|10 – Holder, fellow West Indian star Carlos Brathwaite and returning Englishman Tom Curran and James Vince. Curran will join the squad from international duties after Christmas.
BBL|10 rules allow clubs to sign up to six international players for the season, although only three can take the field in any one match.
The Sixers began their training camp in Sydney yesterday, before moving to Hobart on December 5. The reigning champions will begin their title defence against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Thursday December 10.
The Sixers will play three games at the SCG on January 16, 22 and 24, 2021.
The Sixers’ BBL squad now consists of 20 players: Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano (injury replacement for Mickey Edwards), Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Jason Holder, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince