New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum has signed to play for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League later this year.
McCullum is the first international signing for the Heat, with the keeper-batsman bringing an awesome T20 reputation to the Brisbane line-up.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann is delighted to have McCullum in his line-up.
“I can’t wait to see him play for us,’’ Lehmann said.
“He goes from the ‘get go’, and if he comes off for you, he can set up a game very quickly. To have a guy of that ability, who is world class, in your side will help our younger players learn and inspire them to greater heights.”
“He will win a couple of games for us I’m sure and I am very confident the Brisbane fans will come out and get behind him, because he is a special talent.”
“I’m very happy to reach an agreement with Brendon. We’ll work through his availability with his management and New Zealand Cricket and Otago, but his presence in this tournament will be exceptional.”
McCullum has played for Kolkata and Kochi in the IPL and turned out for NSW in the 2009 Big Bash. He played for his NZ provincial team the Otago Volts in the 2009 Champions League.
McCullum smashed 158 not out off 73 balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first ever match in the Indian Premier League, the highest individual score in T20 cricket in the IPL.
He has also scored an international T20 century, hammering 116 not out from 58 balls for New Zealand in the Twenty20 match against Australia in Christchurch in February last year.
In all, he has played 122 T20 matches in his career, where his 3073 runs have come at a strike-rate of 136.45,with three centuries and 15 half centuries.
Confirmed for Brisbane Heat
- Nick Buchanan
- Daniel Christian
- Ben Cutting
- Peter Forrest
- Ryan Harris
- Nathan Hauritz
- James Hopes
- Chris Lynn
- Brendon McCullum (international)
- Michael Neser
Brisbane Heat will announce the further signings, including a second international player, next week.