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Bushrangers sign Tanvir for Big Bash

Pakistan bowler Sohail Tanvir will join the Victorian Bushrangers replacing Muttiah Muralitharan for the upcoming KFC Big Bash in Australia.

Tanvir took 22 wickets in the inaugural Indian Premier League helping Shane Warnes Rajasthan Royals win the trophy in 2008, he ended the tournament with an average of 12.09.

"The 24-year-old Tanvir joins the West Indies' Dwayne Bravo as the two international signings for the tournament, following the withdrawal of the Sri Lankan spin king, who has scheduling conflicts" said a Bushrangers spokesman.

Tanvir is excited to be giving the chance of playing at the MCG "I'm very excited by the prospect of playing in front of a 'home' crowd at the great MCG, and representing Victoria in this strong competition," he said.

"The Bushrangers have a solid record in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash so it's a great honour, and I look forward to playing my part in the team and contributing to some entertaining and successful cricket.

"With so many good players in this year's tournament, both locally and from overseas, I'm sure it's going to be a great experience," he added.

Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd said Tanvir's induction will help ease unjuries fears over a number of players.

"He was the pick of the bowlers in IPL season one, but he hasn't been able to play a lot of cricket since then, given that the Pakistanis were not involved in IPL season two," Shipperd said.

"He'll be a great addition given some of the problems we've had with our bowling depth this year with Nannes still injured and yet to take part in the season, and with Harwood being injured we felt that we needed to bolster out bowling stocks," he added.

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