South African veteran AB De Villiers has agreed to join Brisbane Heat for the second part of the Big Bash League season. He will replace another stalwart in Brendon McCullum who retired from T20 format this year.

In doing this Brisbane Heat has not only pulled off a coup for themselves but also the Big Bash League as a whole. It will mark his debut in the league. Coach Darren Lehmann said he was excited to have a world-class player like him in the team. The South African joins another big hitter in the team, Chris Lynn adding more to their firepower.

Since his retirement last year, the superstar has been plying his trade in T20 leagues around the world. AB was toying with the idea of joining the BBL earlier this year but had backed off. With one of the most stellar CV’s in world cricket, the Brisbane fans will be hoping for a lot of fireworks. His contract runs down till the finals.

The man of the moment said, “The Heat has always stood out to me. Brisbane is a lovely city – I have been there a few times before traveling with the South African team. I love the place; I love the weather. It is similar to Pretoria where I am from. They play the kind of cricket that I want to be associated with. It’s quite aggressive.”