Northamptonshire have signed former Australian international Ian Harvey for the ECB Twenty20 Cup.
The 37-year-old all-rounder has signed a short-term contract as the Steelbacks attempt to make an impression on the tournament, which begins on Monday (25th May), when Northamptonshire take on Warwickshire at home.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to return to Twenty20 cricket, where I still feel I have a lot to offer as a player and in passing on my experience to the young, talented players here at Northants," Harvey was quoted as saying on Northamptonshire's website (www.northantscricket.com).
With Northamptonshire missing David Sales, Stephen Peters, and Steven Crook due to injury and also about to lose Niall O'Brien to international duty, the management moved quickly to secure cover.
Head Coach David Capel added: “We have been fortunate to secure Ian’s services during the Twenty20 period. His proven track record shows he is one of the most outstanding performers of Twenty20, since its conception.
“Our younger players have a great opportunity to learn from one of Twenty20’s record making batsman and a proven match winner with the ball in one-day cricket. This signing obviously strengthens our squad and will improve our competitiveness in all areas, especially as Twenty20 is becoming so important to the players, the club and our supporters”
Harvey, vastly experienced, played 73 One Day Internationals for Australia, has previously represented Victoria, Cape Cobras, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Hampshire as well as opening the batting and bowling for the Chennai Superstars in the Indian Cricket League.
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