The fervor of BBL has been up since a couple of months. Lately, top New Zealand bowler Mitchell McClenaghan signed up with Sydney Thunder. The player will be with the team for the upcoming 2017-18 season of Big Bash League. The player put a cap on his contract with New Zealand Cricket to enter the T20 franchisee cricket across the globe. The player also participated in IPL 2017 tournament playing alongside the title winners, Mumbai Indians. He also played in the Caribbean Premier League for St. Lucia. In T20 Global League, hosted by South Africa, the bowler was with Durban Qalandars. As confirmed by the player in media, he planned joining Sydney Thunders while playing in the CPL.
McClenaghan is inspired by players like Shane Watson. Watson was with St Lucia Stars in CPL and in BBL, he is with Sydney Thunders. McClenaghan is influenced by the success story of the player. The bowler said, he admires Watson's progress in the career and enjoys playing alongside Watson in CPL. He is looking for a similar experience in BBL as well. He expects to learn a lot from Watson. McClenaghan is quite enthusiastic to join BBL. The player acknowledged that he grew up watching Australian cricket. He termed BBL as a "fantastic spectacle" with an amazing atmosphere and incredible skill level.
Sydney Thunder director Michael Hussey is looking forward seeing the player in action. He accoladed the player as an experience bowler playing in high pressured games in both domestic and international level. Hussey said, the franchisee was monitoring the player and he is now pleased to have McClenaghan within the circuit. The bowler is one of the most experienced player in New Zealand. He has played 48 ODIs and 28 T20 Internationals for New Zealand. McClenaghan is a specialist in limited overs bowling.
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