The Brisbane Heat has signed the world’s number one international T20 bowler for this summer’s T20 Big Bash League in Australia.
Trinidad and Tobago national and West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree will join New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori as the Heat’s slow bowling options for BBL|04.
Badree is currently the number one ranked bowler on the ICC’s official Player Rankings, a position he has occupied since starring for the West Indies at this year’s World T20 championships in Bangladesh.
The 33-year-old Physical Education teacher from Trinidad & Tobago claimed the Windies best ever T20 figures of 4-15 from four overs on the way to finishing with 11 wickets at 10.27 with an economy rate of 5.65.
Badree, a T20 specialist who has played more than 100 Twenty20 matches and taken more than 100 wickets in his career, was a member of the victorious Chennai Super Kings squad at this month’s Champions League T20 tournament.
It was his efforts for the T&T Red Steel at last year’s’ CLT20 when they were in the same pool as the Brisbane Heat which sowed the seeds for coach Stuart Law.
“Samuel bowled really well against us and throughout the Champions League, so we kept an eye on him after that,’’ he said.
“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.”
Law said the Heat hoped the Trinidadian would be available for the entire BBL series.
Badree and his family will miss out on Christmas celebrations in their resident Trinidad and Tobago as he joins Brisbane in December ahead of the opening BBL|04 match against the Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium on 21 December and the Heat’s first home game against Kevin Pietersen’s Melbourne Stars at the Gabba on 28 December, .
The Heat have now signed 17 of their 18 players for BBL|04 , with the signing deadline to complete their roster by 5 December.
Familiar names in the Heat squad are Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Ben Cutting and Daniel Christian.