BBL 2022-23: Jimmy Neesham joins Hobart Hurricanes

New Zealand’s star all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is set to feature in the Big Bash League for the first time after joining Tasmanian outfit Hobart Hurricanes for the 12th edition of the competition. Neesham joins the squad ahead of BBL 12 as an overseas replacement player.

The hard-hitting Kiwi dasher declined a central contract from New Zealand Cricket in September in order to fulfill his commitments with global domestic leagues. Neesham will join renowned T20 overseas talents Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, and Zak Crawley at the Hurricanes.

“I’m really excited to be involved with the Big Bash for the first time this year. I’ve heard great things about the Hurricanes setup, and the list this year looks incredibly strong, so to be able to play even a small part in what I hope will be a successful tournament for the franchise is a really great opportunity for me,” Jimmy Neesham was quoted saying in an official statement by the Hobart Hurricanes.

People say Tasmania is a bit like a mini New Zealand: Neesham

Hobart Hurricanes have failed to lay a claim to the prestigious BBL trophy in the previous 11 editions and will be hoping to break the duck in the upcoming season. Neesham, who has represented New Zealand in 60 T20Is, scoring 688 runs at an impressive strike rate of 159.62, is looking forward to plying his trade in the BBL and making new friends along the way.

“A lot of people say Tasmania is a bit like a mini New Zealand, so I’m looking forward to getting over there, meeting the guys, and playing the role that is asked of me for the team,” the Kiwi all-rounder added.