Karachi: South African batsman Rilee Rossouw has signed a Big Bash League (BBL) deal with the Melbourne Renegades.
With Rossouw’s signing, Renegades have completed their BBL season 10 team roster. The 31-year-old will be available for the full BBL season and joins fellow overseas signings Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad and Imran Tahir.
"I really think he’s going to be able to win a few games for us off his own bat."
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 10, 2020
BBl official Twitter account shared excitement by highlighting Rossouw’s fastest century in Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five group-stage earlier this year. While representing Multan Sultans, he smashed a 44-ball century against Quetta Gladiators which included 10 fours and half a dozen sixes.
That's 100no from just 44 balls.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) November 10, 2020
“The Big Bash has been a high-quality competition for a long time now, so I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play in such a competitive league,” Rossouw said.
“I’ve enjoyed playing in Australian conditions before so I’m looking forward to heading over there and helping the Renegades have a successful season,” he added.
“Rilee has been one of the most dominant batsmen in the world in the T20 game in recent seasons,” Renegades coach Michael Klinger praised.
Meanwhile, Imran Tahir will join Renegades from Boxing Day, December 26 as he will replace Afghanistan’s 15-year-old Noor Ahmad, who will play opening matches.
Renegades are scheduled to begin their BBL campaign against Perth Scorchers on December 12 in Hobart.
Yesterday, Melbourne Stars completed the signing of England’s Jonny Bairstow. He is expected to be available for Stars after Christmas.
It must be noted that BBL has allowed teams to draft three overseas players from this year.