As our new and renewed club members found out earlier today, the Hurricanes are delighted to announce the signing of T20 specialist all-rounder Johan Botha for the KFC BBL|08 Season.
Botha will bring a wealth of T20 experience to the Hurricanes across all key facets of the game, having played for three seasons with both the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers, garnering 31 wickets at an efficient economy of 7.09.
His lower order hitting ability will also come in handy for Adam Griffith's charges late in an innings - across 55 BBL matches, Botha's healthy average of 20.47 runs per innings have flown from his willow at a strike rate of 126.60.
Botha himself is delighted to be continuing his playing career with the Hurricanes.
"From what I saw last year during BBL|07, it was a very settled team that was led very well on & off the field," said Botha.
"So I wanted to be part of a team that I think can win BBL|08."
"I want to help the younger players hopefully become even better players sooner, and help the team win games and ultimately the Big Bash title."
Hurricanes Head Coach Adam Griffith said Botha will provide far more than his healthy statistical averages to #TasmaniasTeam this summer, which ignites when the first ball is sent down at Metricon Stadium against the Brisbane Heat on December 22.
"We're very excited to have a player of the calibre of Johan joining the Hurricanes," said Griffith.
"His off spin is of world-class standard and he has also shown he can contribute match-winning innings with the bat, along with being excellent in the field.
Although Botha is now 36, Griffith is fully backing his new signing to compete and perform at his consistently high level.
"Johan's number one priority is to continue playing cricket, and we're fully confident in his ability to remain playing at his top level, plus coaching is an aim of his in the future," said Griffith.
"Johan is a 'high character' individual who we look forward to welcoming into the Hurricanes family.
"He will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group, having played a great amount of T20 cricket and coaching within the Caribbean Premier League at the moment."
Botha's international experience spans from 2005 - 2012 with South Africa when he played five Tests (batting average 20.75, 17 wickets), 78 One-Day Internationals (batting average 19, 72 wickets) and 40 T20 Internationals (batting average 18.27, 37 wickets).
Botha will join the Hurricanes squad when they travel to the UAE for the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Tournament beginning Thursday 4 October.
He will then rejoin his Hurricanes teammates in Australia closer to the BBL season beginning prior to Christmas.