Nabi extends BBL contract with Melbourne Renegades
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has extended his BBL contract with Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming season of 2018-2019.
Mohammad Nabi is one of the prolific all-rounders in the shortest format of the game in International level as well as in franchise cricket too. Nabi played the last BBL season for Melbourne Renegades.
The 33-year old was a revelation for the Renegades in the seventh season. Of all players who bowled 20 overs or more in the tournament, with an economy rate of 5.76.
He also made 52 off 30 balls in a Man-of-the-Match performance in the win over the Melbourne Stars. Nabi was a huge part of the Renegades run to the semi-final. Renegades badly missed him in the semi-final game because of his national duty.
“I really enjoyed my first summer playing in the Big Bash and I’m excited to be coming back,” Nabi said. “We had a great team last season, I met some wonderful people and the guys made it really easy for me to settle in. The fans were really supportive too and hopefully we can have another strong season for them.”
His all-round qualities make him central to Renegades’ plans for the upcoming season, according to head coach Andrew McDonald. “He’s an experienced and intelligent cricketer who added a lot to our group last season,” he said.
“He was really effective with the ball and showed what he can do with the bat particularly in that match against the Stars. We probably missed him a little bit at the back end of last season so to have him for all matches this time around is a massive bonus and we’re excited about what he’ll be able to bring this summer.”
With extending the contract with Mohammad Nabi, Melbourne Renegades has one more spot for a foreign player. The BBL edition for 2018-19 will commence on December 19.