Tahir, Afghan teen roped in to Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Renegades have made two new foreign signings as the tenth edition of Big Bash League is coming closer.

South African veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Afghan 15-year-old left-arm mystery spinner Noor Ahmad will be giving split services to one-time winner Renegades.

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Tahir will be available to play after the Christmas. Meanwhile the Afghan teen will be available throughout the season and will fill Tahir’s space before the Christmas.

Noor’s countryman Mohammad Nabi, an Afghan veteran and also a part of Renegades, has given an indication of how much talented Noor is.       

“The Renegades fans and followers of the Big Bash may not know much about Noor at this stage but I can tell you, he is a very exciting talent who I feel has a big future in the game,” Nabi said.

Renegades coach Michael Klinger has revealed Noor was on their watch for over a year. Noor took part in 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as a 14-year-old boy.

“We’ve been tracking Noor Ahmad closely for more than a year now and although he’s in the early stages of his career, he’s an exciting prospect and he has a few tricks that’ll make life difficult for batsmen,” Klinger said.

“He spins the ball both ways. We are really excited to have him.”

In 15 T20 matches, Noor has picked 19 wickets. He has the experience of playing one first-class match and two List A matches.

Melbourne Renegades squad (so far): Aaron Finch (captain), Noor Ahmad (Afg), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afg), James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (SA), Beau Webster.

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