Brisbane Heat secure Windies spinner Badree

West Indies

West Indies spinner Samuel Badree will be on the roster for the Big Bash League later this year, having penned a deal with the Brisbane Heat, who are also waiting to hear about Andrew Flintoff’s signature.

Badree, who has played 22 T20s for the Windies with a bowling average of under 15, recently played in the Caribbean Premier League for the Red Steel and was very effective. The Heat are hoping he does the same for them, having faced him in last year’s CLT20.

Coach Stuart Law said of the Chennai Super Kings man: “Samuel bowled really well against us and throughout the Champions League and so we kept an eye on him after that. He’s a different sort of leg spin bowler but very effective.

“We know we will have two world class spinners for the majority of the tournament and we believe Samuel will bring to the table with us what he has done around the world with such success.

“You look up his record with the West Indies and the domestic teams he has played for and it is first rate. We’re sure he is going to be keen to tick the same box with us.”

The Heat, meanwhile, are also waiting to heat if they can have Flintoff on the books, with Law saying earlier in the week that they were close to finalising a deal with the veteran Lancashire all-rounder.