Melbourne Renegades sign Mohammad Nabi and Kieron Pollard for BBL
The duo will replace Sunil Narine who opted out of the tournament citing personal reasons.
Updated - Dec 8, 2017 1:18 pm
Melbourne Renegades franchise has signed Mohammad Nabi and Kieron Pollard ahead of the next season of Big Bash League (BBL). The duo will replace the Windies mystery spinner Sunil Narine in the squad who pulled out from the tournament citing personal reasons. Nabi is the only second player from Afghanistan after Rashid Khan who was signed up by Adelaide Strikers in September. Renegades, however, have completed their squad which includes some exciting local talent as well.
While Nabi has been signed for the first seven matches of the league, Pollard will replace him for the last three matches and the playoffs if the team manages to qualify for the next round. The swashbuckling hitter Pollard will make his debut for Renegades in his fifth stint in the tournament after featuring for Strikers in last four seasons. His fellow Caribbean star Dwayne Bravo has also returned to Renegades and he will most likely be available for the whole tournament.
Finch excited to have Nabi
Aaron Finch, the prominent member of Melbourne Renegades in BBL, was excited to have Nabi on his side and hoped that he will enjoy his stint with the franchise. “Everyone speaks very highly of his game. (He) can smack them with the bat, so good all-round package,” he said according to bigbash.com.au. The veteran Pollard, on the other hand, is a master of the shortest format of the game and will be a huge surplus to the team at the back end of the tournament.
Renegades have made some historic signings this time around as the evergreen 42-year-old Brad Hodge is all set to play and Will Sutherland, a promising youngster, will make his debut at the highest level. BBL will commence on December 19 with Renegades playing their first game on 21st of the month against Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.