Middlesex have signed 22-year-old left-arm spinner Tom Smith from Sussex, the youngster signing a three-year contract to play at Lord's.
He effectively replaces Indian Murali Kartik, who has left to take on overseas player duties at Somerset, and Middlesex Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser is happy with the signing.
“We’ve been watching Tom for quite some time and are thrilled that despite interest from a number of other counties, he has chosen to commit his future to Middlesex for the next three years," he told Middlesex's website (www.middlesexccc.com).
"Tom’s opportunities in recent seasons have been extremely limited at Sussex, not surprisingly, given Mushtaq Ahmed’s, and more recently Piyush Chawla’s presence in the Sussex spinning ranks, and Tom joins us relishing the opportunity to play more first team cricket. He has made an encouraging start to his career and this has been rewarded by the ECB, who named him in their Performance Programme squad this week alongside Middlesex’s own Steven Finn and John Simpson. We are absolutely delighted to have Tom on board at Middlesex for the next few seasons and are excited at the prospect of him and Shaun Udal forming a formidable spin partnership together.
"We are looking forward to rewarding Tom with the first team opportunities that his undoubted talent deserves."
Smith made his debut for Sussex back in 2006, playing a One-Day game against Durham, waiting until the following season to play his first Twenty20 and first-class matches and he spent the end of the 2009 season on loan with Surrey.
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