The upcoming edition of the KFC Big Bash League will see the debut of T20 cricket’s most prolific run scorers for the franchise Melbourne Renegades. Martin Guptill ,the 36-year-old Blackcaps veteran, is drafted in as a replacement for dynamic all rounder Liam Livingstone who has pulled out of the tournament following his selection in England’s Test squad to tour Pakistan.

New Zealand’s one of the most successful batter in white ball formats, Guptill returns to Australia for his second BBL stint, with his first coming with the Sydney Thunders. He has played one match for Sydney Thunders where he scored 20 runs off 27 deliveries.  Guptill will be available with the franchise after fist four matches till the end of the tournament. While for the first four matches, West Indies swashbuckling all rounder Andre Russel will take part.

Guptill said he is looking forward to start a new journey with the Renegades, “I’m excited to be joining the Renegades and am looking forward to being part of the Big Bash this season. This is a new challenge for me and it will be nice to call Melbourne home for the summer. I’ll be trying to make as many runs as I can to help drive the Renegades back up the ladder and push for team success.”

“I’ve crossed paths with a few of the guys over the years on the international circuit and know this will be a great team environment to be part of. I can’t wait to join up with the team after Christmas and play in front of plenty of Renegades fans at Marvel Stadium and in Geelong.”

Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said, “We’re delighted to have a player of Martin’s caliber joining the Renegades and we’re excited that he has chosen to play for our club,”

“Martin’s record over a long period of time in the shortest form of the game for New Zealand and in domestic competitions around the world speaks for itself. We know Martin will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our playing group and look forward to seeing what he can produce in red.

“Signing Martin and Andre over the past month has been a great outcome for our club. With Andre playing the first four matches and Martin joining us from there, we now have a world-class player available for the duration of the tournament which will help give us every chance of success in BBL|12.”

The Renegades will begin their BBL 12 campaign on December 15 against the Brisbane Heat in Cairns, before hosting the Sydney Thunder at Marvel Stadium on December 18. Guptill will join them starting from the December 28 clash against Sydney Sixers.

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