South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has been signed by the Perth Scorchers. It is their first international signing for the Big Bash League.
Scorchers coach Mickey Arthur said Gibbs, who no longer plays for the South Africa national team, would be significant assets to Perth.
“When recruiting international players you need to make sure that these players bring outstanding qualities and add value to your set-up, and I firmly believe in Herschelle we have exactly that,” Arthur said.
“I have known Herschelle for many years and have seen him destroy some of the best attacks in world cricket. I am looking forward to seeing him take to the KFC Big Bash League in a similar manner and I’m sure the Perth Scorchers fans will really warm to him.
The Scorchers also announced that Michael Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Tom Beaton will join their squad.
“Mike [Hussey] is a legend of WA cricket and despite the fact we may not see him line up for the Scorchers very often, we wanted to make sure that he was not going anywhere else. If for any reason he has a chance to play more KFC Big Bash League matches than anticipated, we want to ensure he is doing it in the orange colours,” Arthur said.
About Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Tom Beaton he added: “In any team you also need an outstanding young crop of talent and that is what we have with Mitch, Tom and Nathan”.
“Our squad is coming together very nicely and the talented youth we have secured will greatly complement the experience we have secured in the opening two days of the contracting period.”