Grant Elliott to feature for Birmingham Bears after signing Kolpak deal

Grant Elliott has played for New Zealand 104 times across all formats
Grant Elliott has played for New Zealand 104 times across all formats

New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott will be featuring for Birmingham Bears in the upcoming edition of the Natwest T20 Blast after signing a Kolpak deal with Warwickshire.

The 38-year-old had already announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals for New Zealand and last played a Twenty20 International during the World T20 semi-final against England in Delhi.

Known more of as a specialist in the shortest format, Elliott was seen actively in various T20 leagues around the world including Caribbean Premier League and Pakistan Super League.

Overall, he has played 104 matches across all the formats for the Black Caps and 211 List A and 119 Twenty20 games.

Elliott will join his former team-mates Colin de Grandhomme and Jeetan Patel for Birmingham Bears and Sport Director at Warwickshire Ashley Giles is pleased with the signing.

“Securing Grant, and the earlier addition of Colin de Grandhomme, gives us the additional batting firepower that we wanted to complement a strong top order. He also gives us even more options with the ball and has good experience of English conditions.

“As a teammate of Jeetan, we know that Grant has great character and he will play an important role in developing the younger members of the squad. He will be a proud Bear and we look forward to welcoming him to Edgbaston in July.”

Elliott said he is looking forward to the upcoming season of Natwest T20 Blast with the Bears.

“I’m very excited to have signed for Birmingham Bears to play in the NatWest T20 Blast.

“Edgbaston is a fantastic place to play cricket and I’m really looking forward to taking to the field as a proud Bear and hopefully contributing to more success for the club in 2017.”

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