Melbourne Renegades pick Shabnim Ismail for WBBL Season 8

Shabnim Ismail to play for Melbourne Renegades in WBBL 2022

Shabnim Ismail is back in red after having played for the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural edition of the W-BBL. She’s so far played 3 seasons in the league where in 31 matches she’s picked up 27 wickets at an average of 22.66 and an economy rate of 5.61. The 33-year-old in 104 T20I innings has picked up 115 wickets at an average of 18.72 and an economy rate of 5.80. She’s got 2 fifers to her name in the shortest format with the best figures of 5/12.

Shabnim Ismail joins Harmanpreet Kaur and Hayley Matthews at the Renegades club. On her signing, she said, “I started off there in 2016 and I’m happy to be coming back to the Renegades this year. I love the WBBL, it’s one of my favourite competitions to play in. I met Sophie Molineux when I think she was 16 years old and now she’s captaining the team, so I’m really looking forward to playing alongside her again.”

Shabnim Ismail. (Photograph by Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images)
Shabnim Ismail. (Photograph by Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images)


“For me, it’s about having fun on and off the field and being the professional out there I know I can be. With the new ball, I want to strike up front and get the team in good positions in the power play. Every team wants to play good cricket; everybody wants to get to the finals. Hopefully, we can get over the line this year and win the Big Bash.”

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James Rosengarten, the Renegades’ general manager on Ismail’s signing said, “With our local playing list and the additions of Shabnim, Harmanpreet Kaur and Hayley Matthews, there’s a lot of optimism about what our team might be able to achieve this summer.

“Shabnim is one of the world’s most experienced and most successful bowlers and will be fantastic addition to our team. We were looking to bolster our pace stocks and to be able to bring Shabnim back to the Renegades is a great outcome. Her ability to take wickets up front, bowl in pressure situations and be able to guide some of our younger players will be really beneficial for us.”

Melbourne Renegades squad so far :

Sophie Molineux (C), Sarah Coyte, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Ella Hayward, Shabnim Ismail, Harmanpreet Kaur, Carly Leeson, Hayley Matthews, Rhiann O’Donnell, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb

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