BBL Renegades add experienced Afghani

The Melbourne Renegades are hoping older, wiser heads prevail this BBL season.

Afghani allrounder Mohammad Nabi will join the BBL's Melbourne Renegades.

Afghani allrounder Mohammad Nabi will join the BBL's Melbourne Renegades.

Playfully dubbed "Dad's Army" by Melbourne Stars skipper John Hastings, the Melbourne Renegades announced on Friday another veteran would be added to the mix.

Afghani allrounder Mohammad Nabi will replace West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine after he was forced to withdraw from the BBL squad for personal reasons, captain Aaron Finch revealed on Friday.

"Everyone speaks very highly of his game," Finch told reporters about the journeyman, who bowls "crafty" off-spinners.

"(He) can smack them with the bat, so good all-round package."

The 32-year-old has been called in for the first seven games of the season before big-hitting West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard takes his spot for the final three matches.

The Afghanistan international joins evergreen 42-year-old batsman Brad Hodge and promising youngster Will Sutherland as the franchise's major offseason signings.

The Renegades finals campaign was sunk last season by three harrowing last-over losses.

Finch, now 31 himself, believes the club's elder statesman in Hodge and 46-year-old gun-for-hire Brad Hogg can help turn the tide.

"When you do have a couple of guys over 40 there's always going to be some questions marks," he said.

"But experience wins T20 games and I think when you get to the business end of the tournament ... they can create a really good energy around the side in terms of winning close games."

The Finch-less Renegades fell four runs shy of chasing down their cross-town rivals' total of 141 in a BBL warm-up game at the MCG on Friday.

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