Sussex have announced that New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum has signed as their second overseas player for the Friends Provident t20, replacing Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Dilshan, who was set to feature for the reigning Twenty20 Cup champions, has been declined permission to play by Sri Lanka Cricket following the scheduling of matches in the United States of America and Zimbabwe.
27-year-old McCullum is one of only three players to have scored a century in Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International cricket (Chris Gayle being the other) and in addition to that, he scored an unbeaten 158 in the opening game of the 2008 Indian Premier League.
He has a Twenty20 International average of 36.55 and a strike rate of 133.19 and plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He has also represented Glamorgan in county cricket and New South Wales in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash as well as playing for Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand.
Mark Robinson, Professional Cricket Manager, said: “Brendon was always on our short list for 2010 and once New Zealand's tour to Zimbabwe was postponed we made our move. His power at the top of the order can give us the start we need to help us defend our 2009 title success.
It is a shame that Sussex supporters will not get to see Dilshan though we hope we can bring him at some point in the future.”
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