Perth Scorchers have bolstered their batting with the signing of Colin Munro.
The New Zealander sits fifth in the ICC’s T20I batsman rankings and will be available for the whole of the Big Bash League, which starts on 10 December.
He said: “To jump on board with such a successful, established club that has been playing great cricket since the BBL started was really what appealed to me. It's going to be pretty special to be part of it.
“The Scorchers have some world-class players in their list, so to rub shoulders with them this summer is going to be really exciting.”
Munro joins fellow overseas stars Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone. However, that pair will miss the start of the campaign due to England’s tour of South Africa.
That isn’t the case for Munro after he missed out on an NZC contract this year.
He heads to the Big Bash after his 207 runs, including two half-centuries, helped Trinbago Knight Riders to the Caribbean Premier League crown earlier this year.
Aggressive Instinct a Bonus for Scorchers
Head Coach Adam Voges believes Munro’s aggressive approach in T20 cricket will be a huge plus for Perth.
He said: “Colin's naturally aggressive instinct with the bat and ability to take the game away from the opposition quickly will make him an extremely important impact player for us this summer.
“We look forward to welcoming Colin to the Scorchers.”
Perth will be looking to improve on their sixth-placed finish in the previous Big Bash League season.
To help them manage the early absence of Roy, they have also added Englishman Joe Clarke to cover the time he is countryman is on international duty.
Clarke was the fifth-highest run-scorer in the T20 Blast this year. The 24-year-old smashed 371 in 11 innings for Nottinghamshire.
Voges added: “It’s unfortunate we won’t have our English players Liam and Jason for the early part of the campaign, but we have been planning around that since the tour was earmarked and are very excited to welcome Joe to the side,” Voges said.
“Joe has performed really well in T20 cricket recently and we’re excited about what he can bring to the Scorchers.”