Doherty replaces Fawad at Renegades


Australia spinner Xavier Doherty has made the move from the Hurricanes in Hobart to the Melbourne Renegades for this year's Big Bash League, replacing Fawad Ahmed in the squad.

Fawad left the Etihad for Sydney Thunder, and while World Cup-winner Doherty had played for the Hurricanes in all four previous BBL editions, he was pleased to make the move to the red half of Melbourne.

Doherty told the CA website: "I'm really pleased to have signed for the Melbourne Renegades. I felt ready for a change and the chance to play in Melbourne was too good to pass up.

"The Etihad Stadium wicket has always been good for the spinners so I'm looking forward to getting into the action on that deck.

"The squad also looks really good. We've already added Chris Gayle and Cameron White to a strong list which should put us right in contention for finals this season."

Doherty's Australia colleague Aaron Finch, Renegades skipper, was openly upset by Fawad's departure, and is relieved to have a quality slow bowler to replace him.

Finch said: "It’s awesome to have ‘Dohey’ sign for us. He's someone who has bowled particularly well in the shorter format over his career.

"How we've landed him I don't know. I think he's an unbelievable Twenty20 bowler. Etihad is going to suit him, Melbourne is going to suit him and his family. I know they love coming here.

"It’s great to sign someone like ‘Dohey’, he's an unbelievable person and the ultimate team man. We're pumped to have him."

Former England bowling coach David Saker will take charge of the team for the first time, and has been making some shrewd signings, and is pleased to have Doherty on board.

Saker added: "We recognised the need to add a spinner who has played at the top level and Xavier certainly fits that bill.

"He’s been a regular part of the Australian ODI and T20 sides for several years and has a very good record in BBL matches.

"I've known Xavier for a long time, I've coached him and played with him when he was starting out in Tasmania. As a team we had good results from the spinners during BBL|04 so we'll be looking for a repeat of that this season."