Sunil Narine to play for Sydney Sixers in Big Bash League

Sunil Narine signed for Kolkata Knight Riders in a deal worth $700 000 earlier this year Getty Images

Sydney: July 22, 2012

Exciting West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine is headed to Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League after signing with defending champions Sydney Sixers.

The 24-year-old will join Australia speedster Brett Lee, who retired from international cricket last week, at the glitzy south-coast outfit for the Dec 7 to Jan 19 showpiece. No financial terms were disclosed, reports CMC.

Sixers chief executive Stuart Clark said the Trinidadian was expected to bring a new dimension to the club.

“He is a tremendous signing, and our crowd could be in for something special,” said Clark.

“(Coach) Trevor Bayliss coached him at Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and when we played against him in the Champions League, we found him hard to figure out.”

Narine signed for Kolkata in a deal worth $700 000 earlier this year, after just a handful of first class and One-Day International games for the West Indies.

However, he took the IPL by storm with 24 wickets, earning the Man-of-the-Series honour as Kolkata took their maiden IPL title.

Narine dominated Australia in the Caribbean earlier this year with 11 wickets in the five-match ODI series and snatched 13 against New Zealand in another five-match series which finished in the Caribbean last week.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach is expected to join Narine in the Big Bash as media reports say he has signed a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat.

Sydney Thunder are also reportedly attempting to re-sign West Indies T20 superstar Chris Gayle. (IANS)