Chris Hartley, the Queensland wicketkeeper, has signed with the Brisbane Heat for its debut season in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Hartley, 29, has played 20 career T20 games for the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls, snaring 15 catches and four stumpings.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann, who is also the Bulls mentor, said Hartley had put forward a compelling case for T20 recruitment during the Queensland Bulls pre-season intra-squad practice games.
“We gave a number of the players some specific things we thought they needed to work on during the off-season and Harts more than met expectations,” Lehmann said.
“He showed that he can play the sort of game we want in T20 and his batting has been as good as anyone in the Queensland squad so far in our preparations.”
“It’s also good to have another keeper in the squad in the event that Brendon McCullum has to miss a game. And Harts is just one of those people you want to have around the group. He’s incredibly dedicated and has a sharp cricket brain.”
Hartley becomes the 15th player recruited by the Heat, which will play in the inaugural eight-team BBL in December and January.
Hartley will jon the squad that includes the likes of McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Daniel Christian, Ryan Harris, James Hopes and Matthew Hayden.
Brisbane Heat: Ryan Broad, Nick Buchanan, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Hayden, James Hopes, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Chris Swan.
Overseas players: Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori.