The Melbourne Renegades has added two overseas players to the team by signing the seasoned South African spinner Imran Tahir and Afghan player, Noor Ahmad for the 10th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
In an attempt to bolster the team’s bowling order, the Renegades have finalized the combo of Tahir-Ahmad. Tahir will be joining the team post-Christmas, while Ahmad will play as his understudy in the pre-Christmas season.
This season will mark Tahir’s debut BBL season who is currently competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
While the experience of the veteran spinner Imran Tahir, who holds the recognition of scalping the most wickets by a South African in the ICC World Cup, will give the team sure-shot leverage, Ahmad’s entry will come as a breath of fresh air. The budding talent who has already gained an experience of 15 T20Is and one first-class cricket has been in the limelight for delivering spectacular performances. His wily googly has helped him stock up 19 wickets in all those matches.
Speaking on his admission to the team, a hyped-up Tahir said, “I’ve watched the Big Bash from afar have admired how competitive it is. I’m looking forward to joining my new Renegades teammates and working hard with them to produce a successful season.”
Earlier Renegades also announced the return of Afghanistan all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi in the team. This will be his fourth season with the team. Nabi has captained his national side in the limited-overs format and has presented promising results.
Talking on the latest recruitments to the team, Renegades coach Michael Klinger said, “Imran Tahir has excelled in the T20 format right across the world and he’ll provide another genuine wicket-taking threat.”
“We’ve been tracking Noor Ahmad closely for more than a year now and although he’s in the early stages of his career, he’s an exciting prospect and he has a few tricks that’ll make life difficult for batsmen,” he added.
Vouching for his fellow Afghanistan player, Nabi said, “The Renegades fans and followers of the Big Bash may not know much about Noor at this stage but I can tell you, he is a very exciting talent who I feel has a big future in the game.”
The BBL will get underway on 3rd December with the first match scheduled between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers.