Big Bash League: Mohammad Nabi heading back to Melbourne Renegades
Mohammad Nabi made an impact for Melbourne Renegades in the last BBL. @Getty

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder, will return to Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming eighth edition of the Big Bash League.

The club announced the re-signing of the 33-year-old on Friday, who had last season helped them into the semi-finals.

“I really enjoyed my first summer playing in the Big Bash and I’m excited to be coming back,” said Nabi in a statement. “We had a great team last season, I met some wonderful people and the guys made it really easy for me to settle in. The fans were really supportive too and hopefully we can have another strong season for them.”

Nabi, who is ranked second in the ICC’s T20I allrounders ratings, scored 88 runs in three innings with a best of 52 for Melbourne Renegades in the previous BBL, to go with eight wickets an 18.62 apiece while conceding runs at just 5.76 per over. His fifty came during a win over Melbourne Stars, in which the wicket of Kevin Pietersen added to a Man-of-the-Match performance.

Renegades’  head coach Andrew McDonald endorsed Nabi’s value to the franchise.

“He’s an experienced and intelligent cricketer who added a lot to our group last season,” said the one-time Australia allrounder. “He was really effective with the ball and showed what he can do with the bat particularly in that match against the Stars. We probably missed him a little bit at the back end of last season so to have him for all matches this time around is a massive bonus and we’re excited about what he’ll be able to bring this summer.”

The 2018-19 BBL gets underway December 19.