Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard Reuters

Afghanistan's all-rounder Mohammed Nabi and Kieron Pollard, the Trinidadian cricketer who plays for West Indies have signed for Melbourne Renegades to overtake cricketer Sunil Narine, who has withdrawn from the Big Bash League due to personal reasons.

"The Melbourne Renegades have secured two of the leading T20 all-rounders in world cricket, with Mohammad Nabi and Kieron Pollard set to replace Sunil Narine who has withdrawn from the tournament for personal reasons," said in a statement on 8 December, Friday.

Nabi is a middle order batsman and right arm off-spinner. He is ranked in the top three all-rounders on the ICC's T20 Rankings and will join the Renegades from the start of the League campaign. Another West Indies cricket star Dwayne Bravo will be available throughout the season.

Nabi said, "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to play in the Big Bash for the Melbourne Renegades. The tournament is highly regarded around the world and it is an experience I am looking forward to."

Nabi and Bravo will join the Renegades in time for the first match against the Hurricanes on December 21.

On the other hand, Pollard, who is known for is power-hitting is expected to start the journey with the Renegades later in the season.

(Inputs from IANS)