Big Bash League 2013-14 October 25, 2013

Hafeez agrees to BBL contract with Renegades

Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan allrounder, has agreed to a Big Bash League contract with the Melbourne Renegades. He will miss the first two games of the tournament due to international commitments with Pakistan in the UAE. This will be the first time he will play in the Australian T20 league, which begins on December 20.

"I have agreed [to] a deal with Melbourne Renegades," Hafeez told ESPNcricinfo. "Playing in Australia is always a tremendous experience and the opportunity will allow me to play around the best players. Since the 2015 World Cup will be in Australia, my stint will help me acquire ample acquaintance of Australian conditions."

Hafeez is currently Pakistan's leading run scorer in T20Is with 1093 runs, and has led the Pakistan T20 squad since June 2012 to 12 victories out of 18 matches. He last toured Australia in 2005, and had a poor run averaging just 12.50 in six ODIs. He most recently featured for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League.

Hafeez was recently dropped from the Test squad for the South Africa series in the UAE, and is likely to miss out on the Tests against Sri Lanka in December. Hafeez is currently training ahead of his departure to the UAE for the limited-overs leg of the South Africa tour, which begins on October 30.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Steve on October 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Probably, the only format where Hafeez can still play and will be approached.

  • Atif on October 26, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    He will most likely learn a thing or two about batting on bouncy pace friendly tracks and bowling his limited spin on unfriendly wickets. And I seriously doubt he will be in top form in 2015 and will not likely make the final squad for the World Cup.

  • $$ milind on October 26, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Not sure about his batting, but the Aussies are going to find his bowling surely difficult.

  • Harmon on October 25, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Hafeez may have done badly in the test matches of late but in ODIs and esp in T20s he is quite an awesome player. He scored some 89-90 runs vs SA in a T20 match after failing in the tests there and the difference in his approach was there to be seen. He looked a completely diff batsman and was on top of SA attack in that knock. Against India he against scored 54 off some 23-24 balls and nearly took his team home. He should do well in the BBL & is a good addition to the Renegades squad.

    Btw he is quite handy with the ball too.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    One of the best ODI spinners around. @sidzy, Look at his career economy rate in ODIs and T20s, he is a perfect run blocker. Ranks first as the ODI allrounder.

  • Stark on October 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Personally, I rate Hafeez as a top T20 player because he averages 27.71 with the bat and 19.91 with the bowl, plus an economy rate of 6.28.

    30 is considered to be a top average in T20 with the bat and an economy rate of 6 runs per over is exceptional in this format, hence he is the perfect player for T20's.

  • sidhant on October 25, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Unbelieveable that tells u the state of aussie cricket

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    his will be good for hafeez. I hope he gains something from playing this tournament

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