Shakib Al Hasan will join the Renegades as a replacement for Andre Russell.
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The Melbourne Renegades have added Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to its Big Bash League squad.
Al Hasan is ranked as the best T20 all-rounder in the world by the ICC and will play for the Renegades for the second half of the season as a direct replacement for West Indian Andre Russell.
Russell will soon depart the Renegades to link up with the national squad for the upcoming World Cup while Al Hasan is expected to make his debut against the Hobart Hurricanes on January 7.
Earlier in 2014, Al Hasan was banned from playing in overseas domestic tournaments by his country’s national board after displaying “attitude” problems.
The ban was only lifted a few weeks ago, but Renegades coach Simon Helmot thinks the left-handed batsman will fit in with ease.
“Shakib is great fit for our squad in January and we’re looking forward to having him on board,” Helmot said.
“We were looking for someone who could contribute across the board for us and being able to call on the top-ranked T20 allrounder in the world is a terrific boost.
“He brings plenty of experience and cool head under pressure.”