Australian news July 8, 2011

Afridi and Razzaq team up with Renegades

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Shahid Afridi won't be returning to Adelaide this summer, instead signing with the Melbourne Renegades for the Big Bash League. Afridi will be joined by his fellow Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq as the two overseas players for the Renegades, who are based at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne's Docklands and have now named 16 of their 18-man roster.

Afridi had played for South Australia in last year's Big Bash but was keen to be teamed up with Razzaq, who has not yet made his domestic Twenty20 debut in Australia. Afridi told the Age the chance to join Razzaq in Melbourne was an "opportunity that I couldn't turn down even though I had better money offers from other teams".

The signings mean the Renegades have almost completed their recruitment, with only two playing positions remaining. They have also announced that James Brayshaw, the former South Australia batsman and now Melbourne media personality, will be the side's chairman.

Meanwhile, the Hobart Hurricanes have also finalised their second overseas player, with the England batsman Owais Shah set to join the squad. The Hurricanes have also signed the Queensland fast bowler Luke Feldman, as well as the Tasmania pair of Ben Hilfenhaus and Nick Kruger.

The Sydney sides have failed to lock in two key New South Wales players, the offspinner Nathan Hauritz and the batsman Usman Khawaja. The Perth Scorchers have picked up Khawaja, while also signing the spinner Michael Beer, and Hauritz has followed the lead of his New South Wales captain Simon Katich and headed home for the Big Bash League. While the former Western Australia player Katich signed with the Perth Scorchers, Hauritz, who until 2005-06 was a Queensland player, will hook up with the Brisbane Heat under the coaching of Darren Lehmann.

"The opportunity to work with 'Boof' Lehmann and get the opportunity to come home and see the family over Christmas was too good to pass up," Hauritz said. "Over the last few years spin bowling has taken the game on another course ... I look forward to playing well for the Heat and taking out the championship later on."

The squads so far

Adelaide Strikers Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Borgas, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Aaron O'Brien, Kane Richardson.

Brisbane Heat Nick Buchanan, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser.

Hobart Hurricanes Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Xavier Doherty, Luke Feldman, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hogan, Matt Johnston, Nick Kruger, Rhett Lockyear, Tim Paine, RIcky Ponting. Overseas players: Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Owais Shah.

Melbourne Renegades Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, Aaron Heal, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Brenton McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Reardon, Will Sheridan, Shaun Tait. Overseas players: Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi.

Melbourne Stars George Bailey, David Hussey, Chris Simpson, Adam Voges, Cameron White.

Perth Scorchers Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi. Overseas players: Paul Collingwood, Herschelle Gibbs.

Sydney Sixers Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc.

Sydney Thunder Tim Cruickshank, Jason Floros, David Warner. Overseas players: Chris Gayle.

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  • on July 10, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    cant wait for rana naved bowl for tasmania against the likes of afridi and razzaq:)

  • Lakpj on July 10, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Wonder y there are no SL s here, it would have been much better to play in this league rather than on flat tracks in India in the IPL. Payments may not b as high as it is in IPL but would have been good to develop the skills of the players. And I think competition is will be highe, in IPL quantity had taken over quality and it is some times boring. Batsmen keep on smashing it everywhere.

  • on July 9, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Afridi & Razzak being based at Etihad Stadium. Just a mere 15 mins drive from my house. Awesome!! Can't wait to see them in action!!!

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    though I like Afridi and Razzaq but I'll be supporting Adelaide Strikers coz I'm South Australian. Go Strikers Go

  • Piyush_Advani on July 9, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Are there any restrictions on the no.of players in each team?I want to see Mitch and Steyn for Brisbane.They will be super fast on the GABBA!

  • John-Ellot on July 9, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Undoubtly, cricket is incomplete without Pakistan. We welcome all international players. I wonder why their is such hypocrisy is IPL.

  • TANZX1 on July 9, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I think its a wrong decision by bcci not to allow Indian players to participate.. It would have allowed some players to develop there skills on pacy Australian wickets..

  • on July 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    this is cricket pakistan..........producing the finest talents in the world.....!!!

  • on July 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    This is turning out to be the BIG BASH, who said cricket without the indians are destined to fail?!?!?! the teams are shaping up pretty well and hope to see the likes of Kevin O'brien and a couple of South Africans in the mix. The world has always enjoyed cricket down under and if only this could be the answer to India's masala induced IPL. Go for it lads; we really are looking forward to this. if only this could be aired worldwide... forget India; the BCCI control the airwaves too there :)))

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    I have just realised pakistanis are being recruited more than any other international stars:- Afridi, Razzaq, Navved Ul-Hassan, Khawaja, Owais Shah!

    Pakistan Go and win it for Aussie ;)

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    cant wait for rana naved bowl for tasmania against the likes of afridi and razzaq:)

  • Lakpj on July 10, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Wonder y there are no SL s here, it would have been much better to play in this league rather than on flat tracks in India in the IPL. Payments may not b as high as it is in IPL but would have been good to develop the skills of the players. And I think competition is will be highe, in IPL quantity had taken over quality and it is some times boring. Batsmen keep on smashing it everywhere.

  • on July 9, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Afridi & Razzak being based at Etihad Stadium. Just a mere 15 mins drive from my house. Awesome!! Can't wait to see them in action!!!

  • on July 9, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    though I like Afridi and Razzaq but I'll be supporting Adelaide Strikers coz I'm South Australian. Go Strikers Go

  • Piyush_Advani on July 9, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Are there any restrictions on the no.of players in each team?I want to see Mitch and Steyn for Brisbane.They will be super fast on the GABBA!

  • John-Ellot on July 9, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Undoubtly, cricket is incomplete without Pakistan. We welcome all international players. I wonder why their is such hypocrisy is IPL.

  • TANZX1 on July 9, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I think its a wrong decision by bcci not to allow Indian players to participate.. It would have allowed some players to develop there skills on pacy Australian wickets..

  • on July 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    this is cricket pakistan..........producing the finest talents in the world.....!!!

  • on July 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    This is turning out to be the BIG BASH, who said cricket without the indians are destined to fail?!?!?! the teams are shaping up pretty well and hope to see the likes of Kevin O'brien and a couple of South Africans in the mix. The world has always enjoyed cricket down under and if only this could be the answer to India's masala induced IPL. Go for it lads; we really are looking forward to this. if only this could be aired worldwide... forget India; the BCCI control the airwaves too there :)))

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    I have just realised pakistanis are being recruited more than any other international stars:- Afridi, Razzaq, Navved Ul-Hassan, Khawaja, Owais Shah!

    Pakistan Go and win it for Aussie ;)

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    i dont see why indians are unhappy? Pakistani players are better in Australia thats why they are chosen. And afridi is better than all players form india. Indians shuldnt be heartbroken but Aussie Chose pkaistan cuz we are doing great in cricket. Tyvm. And khawaja is Pakistani as well and plays for Australia.

  • on July 9, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    I was supporting my team: Sydney Thunder, now i am supporting Melbourne Regenades. Afridi And Razzaq will dominated see no hope for other teams. And i like having seen Khawaja PLay but not for Nsw Also. Nsw are dommed.

  • tick on July 9, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    boom boom afridi and bang bang razzaq along with tait,nannes,mcdonald,hodge.finch....excellent team

  • on July 9, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Afridi only has value as a bowler .. Hard to see him winning matches for the renegades

  • Meety on July 9, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    @ somalmighty_UK - I'd be VERY happy if NONE of our players play in the IPL thank-you very much. The only Indians I'd select for the BBL (other then a marquee signing like SRT), would be Ishant Sharma & Sehwag.

  • Shuraim on July 9, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    @som_mighty_uk. there is no indian player in the bigbash league because bcci had already announced that it wont allow its players to participate as indian domestic cricket will be going on.

  • on July 8, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Best of the Best Pakistani players. Aussies know the Value of Pakistani gems. Shame on PCB.

  • somalmighty_UK on July 8, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Surprised to see no Indian players in any teams...Though I know that the Indian cricket team will be playing against Australia at the same time....I think in IPL we should stop giving chance to second grade Australian players like Dan Christian and Mitchell Marsh...If they have an argument that Indian players are not good players of short bowling on bouncy tracks, I guess Australian players are neither too good playing on spinning tracks..We(Indians) would love to see some more domestic players in IPL alongwith established International stars....and not with some Australian domestic players!!

  • on July 8, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    lukm forward tp Big Bash 2011

  • HARIS355 on July 8, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    WOW! Unbelievable. I have been following this Big Bash's bids for a very long time, I was very much eager and anxious about the Pakistani player's inclusion. Afridi and Razzaq in the same team, OMG, its like an explosive MELBOURNE 'GRENADES' :P I just hope that these bombermen perform upto out hopes and expectations - Inshallah!

  • on July 8, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Boom Boom & Bang Bang in the same team :D

  • ze_wolf on July 8, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    The Renegades are looking good on paper but I'll wait till Ijaz Butt signs Afridi's NOC before I get too excited.

  • on July 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Sydney thunder only have 4 players because they couldnt afford any more after signing chris gayle!!!

  • PKcric4evr on July 8, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    its gr8 2 hear afridi nd razzaq are gonna be 2gether in a team...but really delighted to hear chris gayle is participating in this league after wat the boards hav done 2 him........BOOM BOOM AFRIDI 4EVER

  • ejsiddiqui on July 8, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Their bowling attack seems to be very good

  • smudgeon on July 8, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    The Renegades are looking like a formidable bowling side...

  • on July 8, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    big powerful alrounders wid seriously potent pace attack I wish Renegades can qualify for CLT20

  • on July 8, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Wow! Unbelievable. I have been following the big bash's bids since the first day to check afridi's Team. Just could not check it last night and simply got amazed to see what has happened. Afridi and razzaq in same Team and though this Team lacks other big names from locals but makes a formidable pace attack with tait and nannes. Hopefully remaining spots will be filled by good couple of batsmen.Wow! Unbelievable. I have been following the big bash's bids since the first day to check afridi's Team. Just could not check it last night and simply got amazed to see what has happened. Afridi and razzaq in same Team and though this Team lacks other big names from locals but makes a formidable pace attack with tait and nannes. Hopefully remaining spots will be filled by good couple of batsmen.

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  • on July 8, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Wow! Unbelievable. I have been following the big bash's bids since the first day to check afridi's Team. Just could not check it last night and simply got amazed to see what has happened. Afridi and razzaq in same Team and though this Team lacks other big names from locals but makes a formidable pace attack with tait and nannes. Hopefully remaining spots will be filled by good couple of batsmen.Wow! Unbelievable. I have been following the big bash's bids since the first day to check afridi's Team. Just could not check it last night and simply got amazed to see what has happened. Afridi and razzaq in same Team and though this Team lacks other big names from locals but makes a formidable pace attack with tait and nannes. Hopefully remaining spots will be filled by good couple of batsmen.

  • on July 8, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    big powerful alrounders wid seriously potent pace attack I wish Renegades can qualify for CLT20

  • smudgeon on July 8, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    The Renegades are looking like a formidable bowling side...

  • ejsiddiqui on July 8, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Their bowling attack seems to be very good

  • PKcric4evr on July 8, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    its gr8 2 hear afridi nd razzaq are gonna be 2gether in a team...but really delighted to hear chris gayle is participating in this league after wat the boards hav done 2 him........BOOM BOOM AFRIDI 4EVER

  • on July 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Sydney thunder only have 4 players because they couldnt afford any more after signing chris gayle!!!

  • ze_wolf on July 8, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    The Renegades are looking good on paper but I'll wait till Ijaz Butt signs Afridi's NOC before I get too excited.

  • on July 8, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Boom Boom & Bang Bang in the same team :D

  • HARIS355 on July 8, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    WOW! Unbelievable. I have been following this Big Bash's bids for a very long time, I was very much eager and anxious about the Pakistani player's inclusion. Afridi and Razzaq in the same team, OMG, its like an explosive MELBOURNE 'GRENADES' :P I just hope that these bombermen perform upto out hopes and expectations - Inshallah!

  • on July 8, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    lukm forward tp Big Bash 2011