Melbourne Renegades have roped in uncapped English paceman Richard Gleeson following the withdrawal of Usman Shinwari and Faheem Ashraf for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League.
Shinwari was called up for national duty in Pakistan's ongoing home Test series against Sri Lanka while Faheem has been held back to focus on domestic cricket.
The two Pakistan players had last week bagged contracts with title-winners Renegades for the first half of the tournament.
“It’s obviously unfortunate to lose Shinwari and Ashraf on the eve of the season but sometimes that’s the nature of T20 cricket in a busy international schedule. We know things can change quickly with international players and we need to be ready to respond," Renegades' newly appointed head coach Michael Klinger was quoted as saying by the club's website.
Gleeson, who plays for Lancashire in England after years of service with Northamptonshire, has appeared in 42 T20s following his debut in the format in 2016.
The 32-year-old was recently in action in the Abu Dhabi T10 and will play eight BBL games for Renegades before being replaced by Mohammad Nabi.
Gleeson joins fellow English fast bowler Harry Gurney in the team's squad as they begin their tournament campaign on December 19 against Sydney Thunder.
Gurney was initially signed for a part of the competition but will now be available for all matches.
“Richard bowls with genuine pace and is capable of hitting the areas that make it difficult for batsmen to score on a regular basis. His skills in the power play and at the death have resulted in him being one of the best T20 bowlers in the UK T20 Blast in recent years,” Klinger said.
“We’re delighted to have Harry Gurney for the whole tournament given his performances in the Big Bash last season and Nabi will also be a welcome addition when he arrives in January.”