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Flamboyant New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder will make his Big Bash League (BBL) debut this year after signing with the Melbourne Renegades.
Ryder was allowed to play in the tournament after being granted permission from the Otago Volts.
“Respect and appreciation to Otago cricket for their flexibility,” Ryder said. “I’m stoked and grateful to be taking part in one of the best T20 competitions in the world. The Renegades have some class players so I’m looking forward to contributing.”
Despite his controversies off the field, Renegades head coach Simon Helmot believes Ryder can have a major impact.
Helmot also revealed that the Renegades’ director of cricket, Tom Moody, played an instrumental role in convincing Ryder to sign with the franchise.
“He had no hesitation in nominating Jesse as a ‘must have’ for the Renegades and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Renegades this summer,” Helmot said. “We have a lot of faith in Jesse and I’m sure he’ll quickly become a favourite with his big hitting in BBL 04.”