22 October 2020 last updated at 16:35 GMT
Renegades sign Afridi for Big Bash
Thursday 01 January 1970

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi will be a Renegade in the upcoming Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League. Afridi is one of the two overseas recruits for the Melbourne Renegades team and joins fellow Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the squad.

The 31-year-old Afridi had played for South Australia in last year's Big Bash but was keen to team up with Razzaq, 31. 

Afridi retired from international cricket in acrimony in May, citing differences with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The signings take the Etihad Stadium-based Renegades to almost their full complement, needing only two more players before December to reach the mandatory 18-man squad.

The Renegades include Victorian great Brad Hodge, rising batting stars Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, fellow Bushrangers Andrew McDonald, Shane Harwood, Michael Hill, Ryan Carters, Will Sheridan and Jayde Herrick.

They will be coached by Victoria's Sheffield Shield assistant coach Simon Helmot.

Meanwhile, England's Owais Shah has joined Pakistani paceman Rana Naveed as the second foreign recruit at Hobart Hurricanes.

West Indian Chris Gayle (Sydney Thunder) and Englishman Paul Collingwood (Perth Scorchers) are among other foreign players who have signed for the eight-team 'Big Bash' tournament starting on December 16.

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