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Brathwaite mulls multiple BBL offers

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A Big Bash League bidding war has broken out over West Indies’ World Twenty20 hero Carlos Brathwaite.

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Brathwaite starred in a grandstand finish to this year’s World T20 final, belting four consecutive sixes to deliver his side a final-over victory over England.

Even before that pressure-laden display of clean striking, the allrounder was hot T20 property.

He was sold for $886,100 during this year’s Indian Premier League auction.

Brathwaite was somewhat coy about details but revealed in Guyana there were a “few offers on the table” from BBL franchises.

“I don’t want to call any names but yeah,” Brathwaite said, when asked if any Australian players had delivered a sales pitch of sorts on behalf of their BBL clubs.

“Even last night I spoke to (Perth Scorchers coach) Justin Langer.”

Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers had previously been regarded as frontrunners in the race for Brathwaite’s signature.

Australia, West Indies and South Africa are currently in Guyana for the ODI tri-series that starts at 3am AEST on Saturday, when the hosts face the Proteas.

West Indies are one of few international sides with no commitments during the BBL season, making Brathwaite an attractive recruit for every club.

Brathwaite was unwilling to guarantee he’d play in the 2016-17 BBL season but reiterated it was a dream.

“Home drum beats first so I’m just making sure everything is OK at home before I shoot abroad and make myself available,” he said.

“It’s a dream of mine. The Big Bash … it’d be good to test my preparation and my skill against some of the better players in the world in their backyard in the T20 format.

“So looking forward to it, if available.”

Brathwaite, who will be one of the key players for the hosts this month, suggested the squad was ready to follow up their World T20 success with more upset victories.

“It’s our first seres back home since the World T20 win. We’re all still on a high from the win and hoping that win can spread over to the longer formats and galvanise the people of the West Indies,” he said.

“We go out there trying to win each and every game. Once results fall into place, we’ll put smiles on the face of the people of the Caribbean.”

-AAP

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