SYDNEY - Fawad Ahmed has left the Melbourne Renegades to join forces with Sydney Thunder for the fifth season of the Big Bash League. The signing of Ahmed represents a significant coup for his new franchise, Sydney Thunder, as the side plan for life in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League.

The Pakistan-born leg-spinner has already earned a place in the Australian Test side which will tour West Indies and England in upcoming weeks and Thunder fans will be delighted as he joined the franchise based in the west of Sydney from big rivals Melbourne Renegades.

The 33-year-old Ahmed has already represented Australia in three One Day Internationals and a couple of Twenty20 games. He had an outstanding domestic season as well, finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield. Sydney Thunder will be very excited to have added yet another big name to their already impressive bowling line up. They already boast the likes of up and coming bowler Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu, and former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis on their roster. His signing thus complements the rest of the squad and the franchise have clearly succeeded in building an absolutely brilliant bowling line up for the BBL.

Ahmed easily qualifies as one of the most supremely talented spinners in Australian cricket and he could not hide his excitement when his move was confirmed.

He said that he was eager to work with Mike Hussey and Paddy Upton at the Thunders base in the BBL. Ahmed said: "I have been impressed with the direction that the Thunder has been heading in over the last two seasons. They are assembling an impressive squad and I am looking forward to help Paddy Upton and the team build on the momentum created during BBL04."