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Pakistan left-arm seamer Usman Khan Shinwari has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
The franchise has also secured the services of England and Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney.
Shinwari has represented Pakistan in nine ODIs to date and taken 18 wickets at an average of 15.27.
He has also featured in 13 Twenty20 Internationals and picked up 10 wickets at an average of 28.70.
“I have watched the Big Bash with interest in recent years and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the competition,” Shinwari was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I’m hoping I can bring something different to the team with my bowling and help the Renegades push for success.”
Gurney last represented England in 2014, but has been a consistent performer for Nottinghamshire.
Gurney has played two Twenty20 Internationals, where he claimed three wickets at an average of 18.33.
As for his Twenty20 career, he has featured in 114 matches and snapped up 134 wickets at an average of 22.89.
“Dan [Christian] spoke very positively about the competition so to get an opportunity to come and play with the Renegades is something I’m really grateful for,” Gurney said. “I’ve had a fair bit of experience in T20 cricket in England so I’m really excited to test myself in Australian conditions.
“I have admired the BBL from afar for a few years and am thrilled to get an opportunity to play in the comp. There is plenty of talent in the Renegades squad so hopefully I can come in and play my role for the team and help us have a strong season.”
The Renegades have also retained the services of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, while they signed Christian and Cameron Boyce from the Hobart Hurricanes.
“We wanted to add in a left-arm seam option to provide some added variation to our attack and Harry and Usman will certainly provide that,” Renegades coach Andrew McDonald said. “They’ll complement our bowling unit really well and give us plenty of options throughout the innings.
“In the last few months we’ve been able to add in some established Big Bash players in Dan Christian and Cameron Boyce, some exciting international talent and some really promising young players. We’ve also been able to retain the bulk of last season’s squad so competition for spots in the final XI will be fierce.”