Thunder get Mahmood on board
Sydney Thunder have completed the signing of England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood for the forthcoming Big Bash League campaign.
The Thunder are priced at 6.50 to win the BBL and with Mahmood on board their chances of landing silverware have been handed a big boost.
The 24-year-old, who plays his club cricket for Lancashire, was a revelation for England during the recent One Day International series against Pakistan.
He was crowned player of the series when taking nine wickets with an economy rate of 4.39 and his signing is a real coup for the Thunder.
Mahmood is excited about the prospect of playing for the Thunder and has set his sights on winning the BBL title.
"You see full houses; you see close games; the standard of cricket is high, and you get some really good overseas players," he said. "It’s a high-class tournament.
"The main thing for me is to try and help Sydney Thunder win the Big Bash. I've had a look at the squad, it's a real good side, and there's a lot of class: a lot of match winners.
"I'll want to build a good relationship with my teammates and coaches, but the most important thing is to enjoy it and win that trophy."
Mahmood is the latest Englishman to join the Thunder, with Alex Hales and Sam Billings already on board.
Hales has saluted the capture and is in no doubt Mahmood will be a great success.
"He is a great signing, Saqib has really made his mark over the last year," said Hales. "He can bowl very quick and has good slower ball, so happy days for us at Sydney Thunder!
"I think he'll adapt well to the BBL. He's a young lad, but he's an international quality bowler. He'll go well."