Tags: Imran Tahir, Melbourne Renegades, Big Bash League, BBL, Australia Domestic Cricket, T20 League, Cricket Australia
South Africa’s veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir has signed for Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). Moreover, the franchise has also roped in Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmed. The club stated on its website that Tahir brings more than 300 T20 matches of experience to the Renegades and will be available for matches after Christmas. His absence in pre-Christmas fixtures will be filled by left-arm wrist spinner Ahmad.
Prior this week, the franchise also signed Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Now, they have one international spot remaining after Cricket Australia announced that every club can sign a third international player. 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.” Plus, he also stated that the franchise has been tracking Noor Ahmed closely since 2019. He added, “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.”
Currently, Imran Tahir has been a part of Chennai Super Kings squad in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. Tahir, who was the tournament’s leading wicket-taker last year, has played in only few matches. On the other hand, Noor Ahmed, 15, made his T20 debut for the Mis Ainak Knights in the Shpageeza league last year, when his side won the title under Mohammad Nabi. For the Knights, Ahmad was the third highest wicket-taker with eight wickets and conceded runs at an economy of 6.48.
Speaking after the signing, Imran Tahir hoped for a successful season with the Renegades. He added, “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.” Mohammad Nabi hailed teenager Noor Ahmad by saying that he is a very exciting talent. Nabi quoted, “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 begins on December 3, with the clash of Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers in the opening game of the season.
Melbourne Renegades squad: Aaron Finch (C), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir, Beau Webster, Noor Ahmad, Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans