James Vince is keen to help the Sydney Sixers hunt a third straight title after starring in this year’s finals, with the Englishman waiting to see the shape of the Big Bash League’s proposed draft.
Cricket Australia had been set to introduce a draft for international players for the 10th BBL season, which ended with the Sixers prevailing by 27 runs in the SCG final.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant that plan was put on ice, but it is likely to be rolled out for the next edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
It remains to be seen what mechanism CA will use, if any, for clubs to sign foreign players who had previously been on their books.
Vince, who backed up an unbeaten 98 against Perth Scorchers in the qualifying final with a man-of-the-match knock of 95 in the final against the same opposition, hopes to don the magenta next summer.
“I don’t know the rules and regs of the draft,” Vince said.
“But obviously I’d absolutely love to come back here. I’ve had two and a half years.
“Going into next year – Mo (captain Moises Henriques) touched on it in the presentation. We’ll try to build on what we did, hopefully I’m here.”
Vince also held two catches on Saturday night, the second a classic at cover to dismiss Mitch Marsh.
The 29-year-old, who was part of England’s triumphant 2019 one-day World Cup squad, hasn’t played T20 cricket for his country since 2019.
“I’m not really focusing on that (selection for England). I guess it (BBL form) doesn’t do any harm,” Vince said.
“But I’m just trying to enjoy my cricket and do as well as I can.”
The right-hander will return home briefly before joining Sixers teammate Dan Christian in the Pakistan Super League.
Vince admitted it has been a long summer away from his family during England’s coronavirus crisis.
“At different stages throughout the tournament, when you have been away for a while and there’s still a while left – there’s days when you can feel a bit down,” he said.
“Same with the (local) guys who have been in the bubble and not seen their families.
“That togetherness in the group brings you through. Everyone has had the odd day where they’ve struggled a bit, but nights like this make it all worthwhile.”
Perth captain Ashton Turner was full of praise for Vince’s remarkable finals form.
“Vincey has played a lot of cricket all over the world in different conditions. There’s a reason why teams try to recruit him as an overseas player,” Turner said.
“It’s rare that guys are able to perform consistently, two games in a row – big games in finals. I take my hat off to him.
“He was probably the difference.”