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Luke Ronchi to link up with Leicestershire for NatWest T20 Blast

The 35-year-old has previously represented Somerset and Birmingham Bears in the English domestic Twenty20 competition.

CRICKET 15/03/17 10:36
Luke Ronchi to link up with Leicestershire for NatWest T20 Blast

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi will link up with Leicestershire for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

The 35-year-old, who has a strike rate of 141.33 across 32 Twenty20 internationals, replaces Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan after he was suspended as part of a domestic match-fixing investigation.

Ronchi will be available for all 14 of Leicestershire’s group matches, the first of which is against Lancashire on July 9.

“I am delighted to have signed with Leicestershire Foxes for the NatWest T20 Blast. I love playing county cricket and can’t wait to get started with my new team-mates,” Ronchi, who has previously played for Somerset and Birmingham Bears, told leicestershireccc.co.uk.

“It seems like an exciting time at the club with a few personnel changes and talented additions to the squad. I hope I can make a difference both on and off the field and contribute to a successful campaign.”

Luke Ronchi played for Somerset in 2015 and Birmingham Bears last year (Paul Harding/Empics)
Luke Ronchi played for Somerset in 2015 and Birmingham Bears last year (Paul Harding/Empics)

Leicestershire head coach Pierre de Bruyn added: “We’re delighted to sign Luke, who will offer power and dynamism to our batting line-up.

“We are determined to improve in white-ball cricket in 2017 and Luke will help us to do that in the NatWest T20 Blast. Luke has played for a very good New Zealand side over the last few years and we are excited about him joining us in July.”