Asked Babar if he’s interested in playing for the Melbourne Renegades – Aaron Finch

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Aaron Finch offered the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to come and play for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL

Australian white-ball skipper offered the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to come and play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Aaron Finch must have had the hearts of Melbourne Renegades fans when he appeared to have a fantastic signing for his BBL team.

Australian white-ball skipper offered the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to come and play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL).

“I just asked Babar (Azam) if he’s interested in coming and playing for the Melbourne Renegades and he certainly is – and, hopefully, we can announce that signing tomorrow!”

declared Finch in Lahore on Saturday.

Following deep breaths, all-around, the Australian captain and long-time Renegade then grinned:

“Only joking…”

It has been a little sarcastic act but Finch was eager in expressing his hope that Babar and some of the other talents in the ODI side, which sealed a convincing victory against them might be part of the Australian T20 next summer.

“It would be great to have more world-class players in our domestic competition,”

said Finch.

“Babar is obviously as good as anyone for a long time in this format of the game and T20 cricket,”

he added, after witnessing the Pakistan captain’s second successive match-winning century – a series-clinching 105 not out – in the space of three days.

“We also talked about Shaheen’s strength … he’s a fantastic bowler,”

added Finch, referring to Pakistan’s devastating left-arm paceman.

“The talent of Pakistan cricket is extraordinary. I think world cricket is better when Pakistan is playing well and world cricket is better when they have the opportunity to play in our domestic league.”

Haris Rauf, who got the better off Finch in an lbw for a duck on Saturday, has already signed a deal with the Melbourne Stars but Babar, the world’s top-ranked ODI and T20I batter could be a bigger catch for the franchise.

“If Babar Azam is available to play Big Bash, any team would love to have him,”

enthused Finch, after his captain counterpart sealed the player of the series award.

“Any of the Pakistan guys, we love having them as part of our competition.

“Any opportunity that they can fit into our comp is fantastic and they’ll always be welcome in the Big Bash.”

Finch himself sounded that he wouldn’t hesitate in coming to play in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition if it matches his schedule.

“It all comes down to waiting until the schedules are released and seeing where there are gaps in the schedule. I’ve loved my time here in Pakistan and I’ve loved the tour,”

said the 35-year-old. 

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