Melbourne, Oct 23: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels will play for Melbourne Renegade this summer after signing a deal to play the second KFC T20 Big Bash League season in Australia.
Samuels will join Sri Lankan great Muthaiah Muralitharan as the second international on the Melbourne Renegades' list for BBL 2, a media release from the team said on Monday.
Fresh from a man-of-the-match performance in the ICC World Twenty20 final that netted 78 from 56 balls and 1-15 off four overs, Samuels arrives at the Renegades with a red hot formline in the shortest version of the game.
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said the charismatic Jamaican would fill the pivotal number three role with the bat.
"Marlon is a hard-hitting, genuine number three 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. Only a few weeks back we saw the West Indies' faith in his bowling pay off when they handed him the ball in the ‘super over' against New Zealand and he picked up a wicket to help win the match.
"He's the perfect all-round package - he bats, he bowls and he's a phenomenal fieldsman.
"And one thing we know from Marlon's recent performances is that there'll be a lot of catching practice in the stands of Etihad Stadium this summer, so look out!"
Renegades Coach Simon Helmot said Samuels would provide further firepower at the top of the order, supporting the early work of openers Aaron Finch and Daniel Harris.
"Marlon produced some very impressive performances throughout his World Twenty20 campaign. He'll provide much-needed firepower at the top of the order and brings a certain X-factor to the team," Helmot said.
"His quality right-arm offies and excellent fielding combine to make him a genuine all-rounder. Marlon provides a huge boost for the team in all facets of the game and we can't wait to see him in Renegade red this summer."
Samuels' match-winning knock in the WT20 final included six 6s - three of which came from a single Lasith Malinga over.
Samuels finished third in the ICC World Twenty20 run-scoring tally with 230 runs at a strike rate of 132.94, behind Shane Watson with 249 at strike rate of 150 and Mahela Jayawardene with 243 at strike rate of 116.26.