Birmingham Bears Sign Brendon McCullum For Natwest T20 Blast

Birmingham Bears Sign Brendon McCullum For Natwest T20 Blast
Brendon McCullum will be part of defending champions of Natwest T20 Blast Birmingham Bears in the 2015 season.
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The reigning champions of the Natwest T20 Blast Birmingham Bears have managed to sign the services of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum for the 2015 season.

The 33-year-old who led New Zealand to their first World Cup final has agreed a seven-match deal with the Bears on completion of his side’s tour of England scheduled in May.

McCullum expressed his excitement on being part of the reigning champions and was hopeful of contributing to their title defence.

"The Birmingham Bears had a great season last year, including winning the T20 Blast, and hopefully I can make a big contribution and ensure that we can progress in the tournament," said McCullum.

"Edgbaston is a fantastic ground to play at and hopefully it will be rocking for the big Friday night matches.

“I'm really excited about becoming a Bear and the challenge ahead."

Describing McCullum’s signing as their biggest among the overseas picks, Dougie Brown, Birmingham Bears Director of Cricket, said: “Brendon’s dynamic performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup have demonstrated once again exactly why he is one of the most feared batsmen in the game.

“Securing his availability for our last seven games has to make him one of the biggest overseas player signings in the competition’s history.”

“His power at the top of the order and experience of playing in big matches are great assets to bolster our already strong squad as we look to win through to the quarter finals and defend our NatWest T20 Blast title.”

Apart from leading New Zealand to World Cup final, McCullum had a good outing in the tournament personally, having notched up 328 runs in nine matches at an average of 36.44 and strike-rate of 188.50.

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