Samuels to play for Melbourne Renegades
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Marlon Samuels will be the Melbourne Renegades' second international player for the upcoming Big Bash League.
The signing is a coup for the Etihad Stadium-based team with the West Indian having been named in the team of the tournament at the recent World T20 in Sri Lanka.
Samuels, 31, led the West Indies to victory in the final with a match-winning 78 before taking 1-15 with his gentle off-spinners to be player of the final and finishing third in the total runs tally for the tournament.
Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry said the Jamaican would likely bat after openers Daniel Harris and captain Aaron Finch.
"Marlon is a hard-hitting, genuine No.3 batsman who is an entertainer in every sense of the word," Coventry said.
"He seems to fly under the radar when it comes to receiving credit as an all-rounder, but his broad skill-set was one of the main reasons we brought him on board – he’s no one-trick pony."
The Renegades, who have already signed superstar Sri Lankan spinner Muthiah Muralidaran, had been linked with Kevin Pietersen, but the chase for the controversial batsman's signature died down after he was welcomed back into the English squad last week.
Samuels will likely be unavailable for the Renegades' first match, the Melbourne derby against the Stars that opens the BBL on December 7.
He will be the fourth West Indian in the competition with Sunil Narine (Sydney Sixers) and Kemar Roach (Brisbane Heat) already signed and fan favourite Chris Gayle returning for the Sydney Thunder.