Tuesday 19 January 2010 

Dwayne Smith Signs Up To Return To Sussex

Dwayne Smith Signs Up To Return To Sussex
Dwayne Smith Signs Up To Return To Sussex
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Hard-hitting all-rounder Dwayne Smith has signed up to return to Sussex and feature in the 2010 Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup as their second overseas player.

Smith, on a Kolpak contract, played a key role in Sussex's 2009 Twenty20 Cup success but his recent call-up to the West Indies squad means he has had to renounce Kolpak status.

Smith scored 59 in 26 balls in last year's final against Somerset and that kind of form throughout the tournament, along with strong performances for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League, has led to his call-up and, if he is granted a work permit, he will be available for the last 11 of Sussex's 16 Twenty20 Cup games in 2010.

“It’s great to be returning to my home away from home and I’m looking forward to representing Sussex in a big way next year," Smith said.

"My time so far at Hove has been hugely enjoyable and I believe that my cricket has benefited an enormous amount from the coaching and team spirit that is so evident at the county.”

Mike Yardy, Sussex captain, added: “Dwayne played a huge part in our Twenty20 success last season and it is very important to get a player who can change the direction of the game like he can.”

Sussex have signed up Pakistan's Yasir Arafat as their first overseas player while also adding Monty Panesar and James Anyon to their 2010 squad.

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