Melbourne Renegades have signed Pakistan left-arm pacer Usman Khan Shinwari for the 8th season of the Big Bash League.
The 24 year old has overall featured in 47 T20s and taken 57 wickets at an economy rate of 7.28. He has also represented Pakistan in 13 T20Is (10 wickets) and 9 ODIs (18 wickets).
“I have watched the Big Bash with interest in recent years and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the competition,” Shinwari said.
“I’m hoping I can bring something different to the team with my bowling and help the Renegades push for success.”
Shinwari will only be able to play the first 7 matches of the eighth season, he’ll be replaced by the Englishman, Harry Gurney.
Gurney who is also a left arm-pacer has played ODI and T20I cricket for England and is currently with Nottinghamshire.
Melbourne Renegades, who are yet to win a BBL title, did make it to semi-finals last year. Their coach Andrew McDonald said the signings of Gurney and Shinwari will help balance out the playing list.
“We wanted to add in a left arm seam option to provide some added variation to our attack and Harry and Usman will certainly provide that,” McDonald said.
“They’ll complement our bowling unit really well and give us plenty of options throughout the innings.
Renegades BBL squad
Aaron Finch (Capt.), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Usman Khan Shinwari, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth.