Birmingham Bears have signed New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast.
The 30-year-old, who has represented the Black Caps in all three formats, will be available for the full campaign, joining compatriot Jeetan Patel at Edgbaston.
Big-hitting De Grandhomme boasts a remarkable strike-rate of 171.04 with bat in hand, claimed to be the highest in the professional game, but has limited experience on the global T20 circuit.
Ashley Giles, the club’s sporting director, said: “Colin is a perfect addition to the team for our 2017 campaign, adding the batting firepower that we desire in our middle order, whilst adding depth to our bowling attack as an experienced seam bowler.
“His batting strike-rate is unparalleled in the professional game. He has been in the best form of his career this winter and his power and ability to clear the boundary makes him one of the most exciting batsmen in the game.
“I have spoken previously about needing to recruit cricketers who are not only talented, but are hungry for success, can play the entire campaign and have the right character to become a Bear. We certainly get this with Colin and look forward to seeing him join up with the squad in July.”
De Grandhomme said: “As a New Zealand cricketer, I am really excited by the opportunity to play to become a Bear. I look forward to meeting Ashley, the team, staff and its members in July and working together to achieve our goal of a home Finals Day at Edgbaston.”