New Zealand superstar Brendon McCullum has signed a deal with Middlesex to become their overseas player for the NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup next summer, according to the club's official website.
The batsman and former wicket-keeper, who announced his retirement from the international format of the game recently, will be available for the London county to select once his commitments in the Indian Premier League are over on June 25.
McCullum will be eligible to play in seven NatWest T20 Blast games and four Royal London One-Day games currently, however, Middlesex are said to be hopeful that he can return to finish the campaigns should the county progress in the competitions.
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McCullum, who is 34-years-old, is considered to be one of the game's best ever players in limited-overs cricket but has also excelled in the test arena as well, making him one-of-the world's most complete players.
The Kiwi captain, who became the nation's leader in all formats at the beginning of 2013, is one of world cricket's most respected players for his accomplishments made in the game.
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Angus Fraser, Managing Director of Cricket for Middlesex CC, eluded to how big of a signing it is for the county.
“Signing a player of Brendon’s undoubted quality is a huge coup for the club. He is one of the most respected, capable and dangerous cricketers in world cricket and will create a great deal of excitement around the club. When he walks out to bat everybody stops what they are doing to watch."
To date, the Kiwi has played in 99 Tests, 254 ODI's and 71 T20 Internationals for his national side, scoring more than 14,000 runs in that time.
During his stunning career, he has scored a Test triple hundred, 15 ‘White Ball’ centuries and 66 ‘White Ball’ half-centuries. McCullum’s highest List A and T20 scores are 170 and 158 respectively.
McCullum, who played for Birmingham Bears in last year's NatWest T20 Blast tournament, said, “I am delighted to be joining such an auspicious County as Middlesex and very much look forward to playing at the Home of Cricket”.
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