Imad Wasim becomes the Renegades’ fourth spin bowling option overseas as last summer’s wooden spoons try to atone for a disappointing BBL09
The Melbourne Renegades could start a spin bowling barrage this summer after signing Imad Wasim, the youngest captain of the Pakistan Super League and one of the top 10 bowlers in the international T20.
Last season’s wooden spoons confirmed Thursday that Imad, a left-arm spinner and medium-level batsman who has played 102 games for Pakistan, will be signed overseas for the fifth time for the upcoming KFC BBL season.
The Renegades now have no shortage of slow bowling options as they have already signed international wrist spinners Imran Tahir and Noor Ahmad and brought back gun recruit Mohammad Nabi, an off-spinning all-rounder.
Not to mention Leggie Cameron Boyce, one of her key figures during the BBL08 title run and her leading wicket taker last season, and former test spinner Jon Holland, who is also on the books after taking the entire final BBL – Missed season due to injury.
Imad will not be released until 26. December will be available and the Renegades are preparing for a staggered arrival of their five overseas players during the tournament.
Former South African batter Rilee Rossouw is their only import that will be available to the entire BBL.
« Imad is one of the best T20 players in the world with his ability to influence games with the ball and end innings with the bat, » said Gades coach Michael Klinger.
« He is a seasoned player with a recent title win, he is capable of power play bowling and he will bolster our mid-range eyelashes. « .
“Given the current landscape, we had to be flexible with our international players. We will have Rilee Rossouw available for the entire season while our other international players will perform at various points during the tournament.
« They are a really talented group of international players who have given us great flexibility throughout the season. « . ”
Imad rose to the top of the International Cricket Council’s T20I bowling rankings in 2017. That year he also helped Pakistan gain an unlikely title in the ODI Champions Trophy.
His record in international T20 with the ball is phenomenal, averaging 22 and keeping a savings rate a tick above a run-a-ball. He’s also a handy hitter, averaging 43 in ODIs with five half centuries.
The Wales-born 31-year-old averaged nearly 40 in the last PSL when he led the Karachi Kings to the title, while playing 11 games this year to help Nottinghamshire win the English T20 crown.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat has announced that all-rounder Simon Milenko has returned to the club after 36 games with the Hobart Hurricanes.
The allorounder is one of three local substitutes who have signed with the Heat. Jack Wood and Lachie Pepper join him. The trio is available for selection, while Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns and Mitch Swepson perform national duties.
The Sydney Sixers have also brought in Tasmania-listed fast bowlers Lawrence Neil-Smith and Tom Rogers to replace Sean Abbott and Jackson Bird.
Melbourne Renegades squad: Aaron Finch (c), Noor Ahmad (OS), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (OS), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Roussow (OS), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (OS), Imad Wasim (OS) *, Beau Webster
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