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Middlesex signs Brendon McCullum

Middlesex signs Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is likely to play seven Natwest T20 Blast games and four Royal London One-Day Cup matches for the Middlesex in 2016.
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The Middlesex County Cricket Club has confirmed the signing of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum for the 2016 edition of Natwest Twenty20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup.

McCullum, who is the highest run-getter in the T20Is, earlier announced that he will retire from international cricket in February at the conclusion of New Zealand's home series against Australia.

The managing director of Middlesex Angus Fraser confirmed in a press release that the swashbuckling batsman will join the club at the end of the Indian Premier League 2016 tournament until 25th June.

Middlesex who ended last in the South Group in the previous edition of the Natwest T20 Blast is likely to play seven T20 games and four games in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Terming McCullum as one of the "most respected and capable" cricketer around, Fraser stated that the club is excited to work with the New Zealand captain on and off the field.

“Signing a player of Brendon’s undoubted quality is a huge coup for the club.

"He is one of the most respected, capable and dangerous cricketers in world cricket and will create a great deal of excitement around the club.

"When he walks out to bat everybody stops what they are doing to watch.”

“Brendon’s involvement highlights Middlesex’s commitment to white ball cricket and we are all looking forward to working with him both on and off the field.

"His presence will ensure that Thursday evenings at Lord’s will be ‘must see’ events.”

McCullum, who represented Warwickshire last year, expressed his delight at joining Middlesex for the 2016 season and is looking forward to playing at The Lord's.

“I am delighted to be joining such an auspicious County as Middlesex and very much look forward to playing at the Home of Cricket”

Lancashire won the 2015 edition of the Natwest T20 Blast by defeating Northamptonshire in the final by 13 runs.

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