The Perth Scorchers signed former England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood as their second overseas recruit for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League. He joins former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs in Perth.
Paul has been in good form for County side Durham in their recent Twenty20 matches. It has also been just over a year since Collingwood led England to the 2010 ICC World T20 title in the West Indies.
Perth Scorchers Head Coach Mickey Arthur says: “I stated last week that overseas recruits need to bring outstanding qualities, and Paul Collingwood is another who offers so much to our set-up.
“Paul is a brilliant leader of men who helped mould his country’s T20 side into an exciting and ruthless combination, which culminated in their triumph over Australia in the final of last year’s World T20 in Barbados. Being the first skipper to lead England to victory at an ICC men’s event was a massive feather in his cap.
“Paul is a gutsy and determined batsman who can lift the scoring rate with his attacking stroke play, he is a proven wicket-taker with the ball and is first class in the field. I am thrilled to welcome him as our second overseas signing”.
Mark Cameron, Nathan Rimmington and Luke Ronchi have all been added to a squad that already contains North, Katich, Adam Voges, Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh.
Arthur said, “It is very pleasing to have a proud Perth boy in Luke Ronchi behind the stumps for the Scorchers. His swashbuckling efforts will greatly bolster our batting line-up, but he also offers us sure hands with the gloves as one of the nation’s best wicket-keepers.
“We set out to recruit Nathan Rimmington because his ability to bowl at the death will be a tremendous asset for the Scorchers and I also expect him to get us some late runs with his power hitting down the order. Nathan is another tough competitor and that sort of character and experience will be invaluable.
“Mark’s raw pace will be called on to shake up opposing batsmen throughout the KFC T20 Big Bash League and I am looking forward to seeing him perform in front of the Perth Scorchers fans on the fast WACA Ground wicket.
“We are close to finalising our inaugural squad and look forward to more exciting announcements very soon.”
With the addition of Collingwood, Ronchi, Rimmington and Cameron, the Perth Scorchers have now signed 13 players which include Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Herschelle Gibbs, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Tom Beaton and Nathan Coulter-Nile.